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Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

A Documentary Screening

Aug 01, 2024

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Reflecting on Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, James Baldwin said, “Never before, in the entire history of the American theater, had so much of the truth of Black people’s lives been seen on the stage. Black people had ignored the theater because the theater had always ignored them.” Her groundbreaking play – the first written by a Black woman to be produced on Broadway – changed everything. 

The documentary Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart introduces viewers to the woman behind the work. Grounded in archives, personal writings, photos, and films, Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart places Hansberry in context, drawing parallels between herself, her writings, and the most pressing issues of her time – issues that we’re still grappling with today. In so doing, the documentary makes a compelling case for better understanding one of the most distinct literary voices of the twentieth century. 

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

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