kids encyclopedia robot

Lorraine Hansberry facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Lorraine Vivian Hansberry
Born Lorraine Vivian Hansberry
(1930-05-19)May 19, 1930
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died January 12, 1965(1965-01-12) (aged 34)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Playwright, writer, stage director
Nationality American
Education University of Wisconsin–Madison
The New School
Spouse
Robert Nemiroff (m. 1953–1964)

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry (May 19, 1930 – January 12, 1965) was an African-American playwright, essayist, journalist and activist. Hansberry was the first black female author to have a play performed on Broadway. Her best known work, the play A Raisin In The Sun.

Hansberry died in New York City of pancreatic cancer on January 12, 1965 at the age of 34. Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Baldwin spoke at her funeral on January 15 in New York.


kids search engine
Lorraine Hansberry Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.