What are five facts about Lorraine Hansberry and her career and adult life?

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  1. After attending college for two years in Wisconsin, Lorraine Hansberry moved to New York City and pursued a career as an associate editor at an African American newspaper called Freedom.
  2. Hansberry wrote many articles on social issues ranging from homophobia to racism. She is best known for her play “A Raisin in the Sun.” The play went to Broadway, making Hansberry the first African American woman to produce a Broadway play. In 1961, the play was made into a movie.
  3. Hansberry received many awards for her work, including a New York Critics’ Circle Award, an award at the Cannes Film Festival. Posthumously, “A Raisin in the Sun” received Tony Awards in 2004 and 2014.
  4. At 34 years of age, Hansberry died from pancreatic cancer.
  5. Following her death, Hansberry’s ex-husband (Robert Nemiroff) compiled many of her unpublished essays, plays, and letters into a play called “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black.” In 1970, it was published as a book.


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