● Lorraine Hansberry:
Born May 19, 1930 in Chicago, Lorraine Hansberry is a notable playwright and writer. Hansberry was the first Black woman to have a play she wrote performed on Broadway in 1957 for A Raisin in the Sun. At 29 years old, the play garnered nominations, making her the first Black dramatist to win the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award. She continued to write about the Black experience, as well as homosexuality until her death at age 34 on January 12, 1965 to pancreatic cancer.