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Lorraine Hansberry: Reimagining Biography: drawing by Hansberry with text below: March 22, 2018, Schomburg Center, NYC. Panel conversation with Margaret Wilkerson, Imani Perry, Soyica Colbert, Tracy Heather Strain. Moderated by Joy-Ann Reid.

Co-presented by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust


Thursday, March 22, 2018
Panel Discussion 6:30–8:00pm
Public Reception 8:00–9:00pm

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd), New York, NY, 10037

This is a free event but as space is limited, please RSVP here.

Seat reservations begin on Thursday March 8, 2018!

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In September 2017, the first-ever feature documentary, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, screened at the Toronto Film Festival; in January 2018, the film makes its television debut as part of the American Masters PBS series. Throughout 2018, the film will be joined by a number of new print biographies.

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Image of Lorraine Hansberry and title of documentary, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

On Friday, January 19, the national broadcast premier of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, will be televised on PBS stations across the United States as part of their American Masters series (9pm EST on PBS; check local listings for more details).

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

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. 

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Lorraine Hansberry was the first African-American woman to have a play produced on Broadway, with “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Salamishah Tillet's essay, "For Lorraine Hansberry, 'A Raisin in the Sun Was Just the Start," discusses the upcoming debut of the documentary, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, noting Hansberry's commitment to the ongoing project of social change.

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The Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play picks up five Tony nominations.

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Jesse Green of New York Magazine/Vulture applauds the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun—with a star who knows what to do in the role.

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Terry Teachout's review of the 2014 Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun for the Wall Street Journal says this is "a great production of a great play, a blazing tale of hurt and hope that will burn itself so deeply into your heart that you'll be feeling its heat for a long, long time to come."

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In his review for The Wrap, Robert Hofler says: Denzel Washington shifts the balance of Lorraine Hansberry's classic play, and he shifts it in the right direction.

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Marilyn Stasio says, “The performance is a personal triumph for Washington, who refrains from star-strutting to fold himself into a tight-knit ensemble of committed stage thesps who treat this revival like a labor of love.”

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