Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Lorraine Hansberry’s inspirational words on being young, gifted and black

With her health failing, Lorraine Hansberry left the hospital to speak to the teenage winners of a national writing contest. She described the young writers as “young, gifted and black” – the words that inspired the Nina Simone song of the same name – and urged them to represent their community in their work.


Funding for Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Major support is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation/JustFilms, National Endowment for the Arts, LEF Foundation, Peter G. Peterson & Joan Ganz Cooney Fund.