A Raisin in the Sun @ 50

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  • Walter Lee Dreams Big Dreams

    Walter Lee Dreams Big Dreams

    “All I want is to be able to stand in front of my boy like my father never was able to do to me and tell him he’ll be somebody in this world besides a servant ad a chauffeur.”

  • A Groundbreaking Achievement

    A Groundbreaking Achievement

    ‘Raisin in the Sun’ was the first play by a black playwright to enjoy full theatrical release on Broadway. Hansberry, the 28-year-old playwright, used he family stuggles against segregated housing on the South Side of Chicago as the backdrop for a place about aspiration and ambition, family and gender conflicts, racism and discrimination and how America was changing.

  • Mama and Walter

    Mama and Walter

    Mama (Claudia McNeil) instills the idead idea of chasing dreams in here children, but she demaeds that the do it with self-respect. He clashes with Walter all have to do with how a person behaves in the world.

  • Lorraine Hansberry

    Lorraine Hansberry

    Lorraine Hansberry, 28-year-old playwright who won the Drama Critics’ Award for her first play “A Raisin in the Sun.”  

  • Sidney, Claudia, and Ruby

    Sidney, Claudia, and Ruby

    March 1959

  • Sidney, his wife, and Lorraine

    Sidney, his wife, and Lorraine

     

    Sidney Poitier converses with his wife Juanita Hardy and “A Raisin in the Sun” playwright Lorraine Hansberry at New York City’s Ethel Barrymore Theater in March of 1959.

  • A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun

    The well received Broadway play was adapted into an acclamied flim in 1961, with much the same leading players. Here, Ruby Dee, who played Ruth both on Broadway and in the movie, celebrate the movie in one sparkling moment.

  • Lorraine Accepts Award

    Lorraine Accepts Award

    John McClain, former president of the Drama Critics’ Circle, presented an annual stage awards to “A Raisin in the Sun” director Lorraine Hansberry on May 4, 1959.

  • Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee

    Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee

     

    Sidney Poitier, along with Ruby Dee, acts in a dramatic scene from “A Raisin in the Sun.” 

     

  • Sidney Poitier and Juanity Hardy

    Sidney Poitier and Juanity Hardy

    In March 1959, as Raisin in The Sun debuted, Poitier and his real-life wife Juanita Hardy share a quiet moment away from the turmoil that marked the life of his Raisin character, Walter Lee Younger.

  • Louis Gossett Jr.

    Louis Gossett Jr.

    Gossett Jr. playing George Murchison in “A Raisin in the Sun.”

  • Ruby Dee Celebrates

    Ruby Dee Celebrates

    Ruby Dee celebrates at a party in honor of the play “A Raisin in the Sun.”

  • Ruby Dee, Now

    Ruby Dee, Now

  • Sidney Poitier, Now
  • Louis Gossett Jr., Now

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