Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture unveils pop-up exhibition on Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry during “impromptu song-session” at a SNCC fundraiser.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture unveils pop-up exhibition on Lorraine Hansberry

Join the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture librarians and archivists as they unveil their latest pop-up exhibition featuring items from our coveted collection of archival materials. Be the first to get up close and personal with selected items and enjoy an audience Q&A with the collection's curators. 

The Lorraine Hansberry Papers document Lorraine Hansberry's life as an award-winning playwright and activist, and chronicles her activities during the Civil Rights Movement. Virtually all of Hansberry's writings, autobiographical materials, journals, diaries, personal and professional correspondence are housed at the Schomburg.

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Lorraine Hansberry and her good friend Nina Simone singing during an “impromptu song-session” at a SNCC fundraiser at the home of actor and activist Theodore Bikel. Holding hands and singing are (left to right) Avon M. Rollins, Lorraine Hansberry, Theo Bikel, Nina Simone, Marion Barry, Jr., John Lewis, unidentified man, unidentified woman, Ella Baker. July 6,1963.

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating grew out of a student meeting organized by Ella Baker at Shaw University in 1960. SNCC played a major role in the sit-ins, freedom rides, voter registration, the 1963 March on Washington, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. SNCC supporters in the North raised funds for weekly salaries of $10 for SNCC workers in the South. Photo originally published in the New York Amsterdam News

Photo Credit: Music Division, The New York Public Library, The New York Public Library Digital Collections. "Singing in small group with Lorraine Hansberry and Nina Simone." 

Thursday, January 18, 2018