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Lorraine Hansberry

Courtesy of the Eva Jessye Collection, Pittsburg State University, Kansas; Special Collections Department, Leonard H. Axe Library.

Lorraine Hansberry entered the literary scene in 1959 with the production of her first play, Raisin in the Sun and became an immediate star. Unfortunately her career was a short one—only six years. She died of cancer in early 1965. The 1960s introduced other important black women playwrights including Alice Childress and Adrienne Kennedy.

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