Lorraine Vivian Hansberry




Marriage and the Ensuing Life: On June 20, 1953, Lorraine Hansberry married Robert B. Nemiroff, a Jewish literature student and songwriter, whom she had met on a picket line protesting discrimination at New York University. It was assumed that this intellectual and political connection drew them to each other. Hansberry left the Freedom staff in order to work as a waitress and cashier so she could write during her spare time and support her husband through his music ventures.  In 1956, Lorraine’s husband would gain success when a song he wrote  Cindy, Oh Cindy http://youtu.be/MNKJLUyRjC8 } became a hit. This allowed Lorraine to completely devote herself to her writing. It is then that she began writing what would eventually become the play A Raisin in the Sun. motto_lorraine_hansberry_original_medium “In March 1964 she quietly divorced Robert Nemiroff, formalizing the separation that had occurred several years earlier. Only close friends and family had known; their continued collaboration as theater artists and activists had masked Hansberry’s homosexuality. Those outside their close circle only learned of the divorce when Hansberry’s  will was read in 1965.”  

The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.” ~ Lorraine Hansberry 

I think it is about time that equipped women began to take on some of the ethical questions which a male-dominated culture has produced,” Hansberry wrote in one letter, explaining, “There may be women to emerge who will be able to formulate a new and possible concept that homosexual persecution and condemnation has at its roots not only social ignorance but a philosophically active anti-feminist dogma.”


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