'A Raisin in the Sun' opened on Broadway on March 11, 1959, rattling the theater world and the country. The Root’s Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. visited with Ruby Dee at her home to reminisce about the play’s place in history and relevance today.

Read the rest of The Root’s Raisin @ 50 coverage: Gates on black America's first mortgage crisis. Kai Wright on Lorraine Hansberry's gay politics. Brian Gilmore on the housing integration court case behind the art.

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