“Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart”: An absorbing portrait of an activist’s soul

American Masters: Lorraine Hansberry (Credit: Courtesy of David Attie)

Lorraine Hansberry, along with her contemporary James Baldwin, is a talent whose impact has been muted by literary history and fashion. Like Baldwin, her work has long been minimized to her authorship of the 1959 play “A Raisin in the Sun” and a career in journalism prior to its success. And this presupposes any familiarity whatsoever with Hansberry or her groundbreaking play.

Hansberry, like Baldwin, is only recently...

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