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A Raisin In The Sun


Representation Of Black Life

 Lorraine Hansberry

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Did you know?

Lorraine Hansberry used a line from Langston Hughes poem Harlem as the title for her play, ‘A Raisin In The Sun?’:

what happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Langston Hughes and His Poetry


It is interesting to note the playwright named the play ‘The Crystal Stair’ but later changed the name to A Raisin In The Sun. It is a play about a black family struggling in Chicago, opening in theatre on March 11th, 1959.

In one of the scenes Mama plans to move her family to an all white neighbour of Clybourne Park to the initial dismay of the other family members. In fact, the community offer to buy the house from Mama because they do not want her family moving into their section of town.

It may very well be a reflection on real events because Lorraine Hansberry recalls her family attacked violently in an all white neighbourhood.The family made the move in 1938 but refused to leave until a Supreme Court order from the Hansberry vs Lee case.