A Raisin in the Sun, 1959 - Information about the Book
- Lorraine Hansbery's parents were both civil rights activists, and moved into a white Chicago neighborhood when she was eight years old. They were met by an angry mob. A civil trial ensued, and it was this experience that formed the basis for her most successful play, A Raisin in the Sun (1959).
Think about the sentence in the play: "We have decided to move into our house because my father - he earned it for us brick by brick. We don't want to make no trouble for nobody or fight no causes, and we will try to be good neighbors. And that's all we got to say about that."
- Phylicia Rashad gives a summary and talks about the play, as well as about segregation. She played Mother in the 2004 Broadway production. American Theatre Wing; July 2, 2004 (Real 34:34)
- Michael Eric Dyson takes a closer look at A Raisin In The Sun 45 years after the first performance. NPR; June 17, 2004 (Real, Media)
- Report on the play with excerpts from an interview with Lorraine Hansberry. In this report Cheryl Corley reports that the play has its roots in Hansberry's experiences as the daughter of wealthy Chicago parents. NPR; March 11, 2002 (Real 8:55) - transcript