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Lorraine Hansberry's Inspiration for "A Raisin in the Sun"

Clip: 01/19/2018 | 2m 29s | Video has closed captioning.

Lorraine Hansberry drew inspiration from personal experience when she sat down to write a play about a working class family on the South Side of Chicago. See how she worked to find the words to describe their hopes and struggles, and how she pressed on to complete "A Raisin in the Sun."

Aired: 01/19/18

Rating: NR

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