Lorraine Hansberry’s domestic tragedy A Raisin In The Sun opened at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theater on this day in 1959. Hansberry was the first African-American female author to have a play performed on Broadway. Less than two years later, a feature-length film adaptation of A Raisin In The Sun” was released in theaters, featuring almost all of the original Broadway cast, including Sidney Poitier and many others. Following the lives of a black family living under racial segregation in Chicago, the Tony Award-winning play has been revived numerous times for Broadway, most recently in 2014 with actor Denzel Washington playing the lead role.
“There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing.” —