James Baldwin dancing with Lorraine Hansberry? Love it. Via Flavorwire.
An American Master, and a cultural treasure. A man who once said, ““Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”. A man with a number of homes, from Harlem to Istanbul, and professions from worker for the NJ Railroad to Preacher. While he said “Once you find yourself in another civilization…you’re forced to examine your own.”, he made sure to come back to the United States to be a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Writing about interracial relationships and homosexuality, he wrote in favor of equality for our times.
Lorraine Hansberry died before her time. She was 34 when the writer who wrote the groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Her father was a successful real estate broker who became the focus of a Supreme Court Case when he purchased a home for his family in a racially divided area in Chicago. To mention in her book, To be Young, Gifted, and Black, “…I also remember my desperate and courageous mother, patrolling our household all night with a loaded German Luger (pistol), doggedly guarding her four children, while my father fought the respectable part of the battle in the Washington court”. She was the youngest American playwright to win the New York Drama Critics Circle award for Best Play.
In honor of two great and talented individuals, we would like to show you a photo of them relaxing.