Born: 5/19/1930 Chicago, Illinois
Died: 1/12/1965 New York City, New York
Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was an American playwright and writer. Hansberry inspired Nina Simone's song "To Be Young, Gifted and Black". She was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway.
Business / Schooling:
- University of Wisconsin–Madison
Awards / Achievements:
- She was the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. Her best known work, the play A Raisin in the Sun, highlights the lives of Black Americans living under racial segregation in Chicago