To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: An Informal Autobiography
In her first play, the now-classic A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry introduced the lives of ordinary African Americans into our national theatrical repertory. Now, Hansberry tells her own life story in an autobiography that rings with the voice of its creator.
Her description of the way the ghetto-izing schools of Chicago intentionally robbed their students of an education, and the effect on her, is shocking. Also her description of her Dad's efforts to ...more
“For them that will do ‘half’ when ‘all’ is called for; for them that will slip and slide through life at the edge of their minds, never once pushing into the interior to see what wonders are hiding there—content to drift along on whatever gets them by, ‘cheating’ themselves, ‘cheating’ the world, ‘cheating’ Nature! That is what “C” means, my dear child—”—page 44
“Eventually it comes to you: the thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, ...more
After reading A Raisin in the Sun, I decided to check out this book from the library.
But, there were two major things I did not know about this book that affected my reading of it:
1. "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" is not a play written by Lorraine Hansberry.
2. The book was published posthumously.
What it IS, is a collection of Hansberry's letters, diary entries, interviews, play excerpts, artwork, and photographs. It is certainly challenging to weave all six elements and maintain an ...more
The collection of Hansberry's work includes the following, with my ratings out of five in parentheses:
A life, a brilliant life, cut much too short. But I wonder what would have happened should she have lived any longer. I am left with the gripping sense that it was meant to be this way.
What do you even say after you read Lorraine Hansberry? Nothing, that's what.
You just sit there, stare at the cover of the book, and cry. Not tears of sorrow, because she wouldn't want you to do that.
Tears of—and for—life.
You cry because Lorraine Hansberry wrote the stuff of your life. ...more
Picked up To Be Young, Gifted and Black in junior high school ( my junior high school was named Lorraine Hansberry I. S. 167) which started my curiosity as ...more
my favorite story, and most cinematic, is young Loraine wearing a dreadful white fur coat her parents proudly bought her to school and getting beat up by the other kids.
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. Hansberry's family had struggled against segregation, chall ...more