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Image of book cover of Looking for Lorraine (Beacon Press, 2018) with notation as 2019 LAMBDA Literary Award WInner for LGBTQ NonFiction

Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry (Beacon Press, 2018) continues to win awards: on Monday, June 3, author Dr. Imani Perry received the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction.

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Plaque at Hansberry residence, 112 Waverly Place in Greenwich Village, New York City.

As part of the 50th anniversary event commemorating the Stonewall Riots—the nights of disturbances from June 28th to June 30th 1969—Lorraine Hansberry’s two Village residences are included in the 17 LGBT landmarks of Greenwich Village.

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The Harvard University Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) has made Robin Bernstein’s 1999 article, Inventing a Fishbowl: White Supremacy and the Critical Reception of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun available to the public. You can access and download the article here.

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The red & white logo of the LILY Awards Foundation.

The Lilly Awards Foundation Executive Director Julia Jordan and Lilly Board Member Lynn Nottage are heading up a fundraising  initiative, with help from NYC’s Arterventions program, to erect a statue of Lorraine Hansberry in the Theater District of New York City.

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American Masters Award

Last night Tracy Strain was awarded an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television), adding to the recognition of the documentary, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart that aired on PBS in January 2018.

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image of book cover of Looking for Lorraine by Imani Perry

Princeton University Professor Imani Perry joins WHYY The Takeaway for NPR Philadelphia to discuss her book, Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry, for a live in-studio interview.


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Self-portrait drawn by Lorraine Hansberry in pen & ink on newspaper.

Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry (Beacon, 2018) offers a meditation on a Hansberry self-portrait for Lapham Quarterly that Perry came across in her research at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library.

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Janice Rhosalle Littlejohn interviews Imani Perry about her recent book, Looking for Lorraine, for the Los Angeles Review of Books:

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