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Community Reads: To Be Young, Gifted, and Black

A Memoir by Lorraine Hansberry

Aug 01, 2024

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Enjoy dinner and intimate, facilitated group discussions as you explore Lorraine Hansberry’s memoir, To Be Young, Gifted, and Black.  

To Be Young, Gifted, and Black is a deeply personal invitation into Lorraine Hansberry’s history. From the racism her family encountered during her childhood in Chicago, which later informed A Raisin in the Sun; to her time in New York, during which she became the first Black woman playwright to be produced on Broadway; to her untimely death from cancer in her early thirties, leaving a trailblazing trajectory painfully unfinished, Hansberry’s singular voice guides readers through her journey with care, humor, keen insight, and prescient wisdom. Comprised of plays, essays, letters, drawings, and photographs, To Be Young, Gifted, and Black is a comprehensive reflection on what it means to be an artist and a Black woman in America.

August 1, 2024 | Penthouse, The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts (915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637) | Dinner and Discussion at 5:30pm | Documentary Screening at 7:00pm

This event is part of this year’s Spotlight Reading Series; all programming in the Spotlight Reading Series are free and open to the public. Learn more about the annual series here.

Artwork: to render the infinite by zakkiyyah najeebah dumas-o’neal. 

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