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1 A Raisin in the Sun By: Lorraine Hansberry

2  American playwright whose A Raisin in the Sun (1959) was the first drama by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway.

3  Born May 19, 1930, Chicago, Ill., U.S.—Died Jan. 12, 1965, New York, N.Y  Hansberry was interested in writing from an early age and while in high school was drawn especially to the theatre.

4  She attended the University of Wisconsin in 1948–50 and then briefly the school of the Art Institute of Chicago and Roosevelt University (Chicago).

5  After moving to New York City, she held various minor jobs and studied at the New School for Social Research while refining her writing skills.  In 1958 she raised funds to produce her play A Raisin in the Sun, which opened in March 1959 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway, meeting with great success.

6 Civil Rights Movement Plessy vs. Ferguson: court cased ruled separate but equal. (allowed Jim Crow laws) Brown vs. Board of Education, overturned Plessy vs. Ferguson. Gov’t taking action and challenging segregation

7 Brown vs. Board of Education 1954 Linda Brown was forced to walk 1 mile to a black school when a white school was within block Court ruled separate is inherently unequal= no segregation of schools.

8 NAACP Interracial organization Focused on challenging laws that prevented African-Americans from exercising their full rights as citizens Got two anti-lynching laws passed and helped with Brown vs. Board of Education

9 National Urban League Dealt mainly with economic issues Helped African-Americans moving to major American cities They helped them find work and apartments

10 CORE Congress of Racial Equality Bring peace through peaceful confrontation Gained strength from both white and blacks after WWII as the Civil Rights Movement began

11 Undistinguished Unnoticed Inconspicuous He was an undistinguished part of the crowd.

12 Accommodate To do a favor or help someone/something

13 Uniformity Being the same as others.

14 Exasperated To make very angry or impatient annoy greatly

15 Vindicated to assert, maintain, or defend

16 Rebuff a blunt or abrupt rejection

17 Unobtrusive Unassertive

18 Meddling to involve oneself in a matter without right or invitation To interfere

19 Strident having a shrill, irritating quality

20 Profound having deep insight or understanding A profound thinker

21 Dungarees work clothes, overalls, etc., of blue denim.

22 Exuberant enthusiastic An exuberant welcome for the hero.

23 Burlesque any ludicrous parody or grotesque caricature. (to make fun of a serious subject)

24 Missionary a person strongly in favor of a program, set of principles, etc., who attempts to persuade or convert others.

25 Forlorn desolate or dreary unhappy or miserable

26 Heathen An uncultured or uncivilized person.

27 Mutilate to injure, disfigure, or make something imperfect by removing or damaging

28 Liberate To set free

29 Haphazard Disorganized unplanned

30 Lynch to put to death, esp. by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority.

31 Coquettish A flirtatious woman To flirt

32 Eccentric something that is unusual, peculiar, or odd.

33 Indifference Having little or no concern

34 Radiant bright with joy, hope She had a radiant smile

35 Amiable Friendly sociable


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