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Lorraine Vivian Hansberry

 

During these developmental years, Lorraine Hansberry also completed a seminar on African history under W.E.B. Du Bois, she wrote a research paper on The Belgian Congo: A Preliminary Report on Its Land, Its History and Its People during this course.

William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois (pronounced /duːˈbɔɪz/ doo-boyz; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After graduating from Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois (pronounced /duːˈbɔɪz/ doo-boyz; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After graduating from Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.- (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

In A Raisin in the Sun a direct link to Africa was made through the Nigerian character Asagai, who represented the first appearance of an intellectual African as a major character in black American drama.

Meaning: Asagi – A  spear with arrow-type head used for hunting animals. Asagai, in the play represents standing up for what you believe in.  The character Joseph Asagai (as he called) is a Nigerian student in love with the sister character, Beneatha. Beneatha hopes to learn about her African heritage from him. He eventually proposes marriage to Beneatha and hopes she will return to Nigeria with him.

Actor Louis Gossett Jr. and Diana Sands in a Scene from the Play "A Raisin in the Sun"

Actors, Louis Gossett Jr. (Asagai) and Diana Sands (Beneatha) in a Scene from the play A Raisin in the Sun