Young, Gifted and Black
4 Extra Debut. On the 80th anniversary of Lorraine Hansberry's birth, Adjoa Andoh reflects on the brief but influential career of the African-American playwright and activist.
Adjoa Andoh reflects on the brief but highly influential career of the African American playwright and social activist.
In 1959, Hansberry became the first black woman to have a play produced on Broadway and the youngest recipient of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. An eloquent and impassioned orator for civil rights, Lorraine Hansberry quickly became one of the most famous women in the country.
Friend to the likes of Paul Robeson, James Baldwin and Nina Simone, who composed 'To Be Young, Gifted and Black' in her honour, Hansberry's prescient speeches and artfully constructed drama played a key role in the ongoing civil rights struggle.
In this programme we hear from her sister Mamie Hansberry, poet and playwright Jackie Kay, Chicago Southside historian Timuel Black and theatre directors Michael Buffong and Paulette Randall.
Producer: Eleanor McDowall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
- Tue 18 May 2010 11:30
- Fri 15 May 2015 06:30
- Fri 15 May 2015 13:30
- Fri 15 May 2015 20:30
- Sat 16 May 2015 01:30
- Fri 16 Nov 2018 06:30
- Fri 16 Nov 2018 13:30
- Fri 16 Nov 2018 20:30
- Sat 17 Nov 2018 01:30