Honoring the great American playwright and civil rights leader. Investing in those following in her footsteps.

“Never be afraid to sit a while and think.” - Lorraine Hansberry

About

Honoring the great American playwright and civil rights leader. Investing in those following in her footsteps.

“Never be afraid to sit a while and think.” - Lorraine Hansberry

About

THE SCULPTURE

A figurative statue of Hansberry, by the renown sculptor Alison Saar, will tour the nation in 2022/2023. It will raise public awareness of the full breadth of Hansberry’s work and teachings, which are of the utmost importance at this crucial time in history.

THE SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship fund will cover not the tuition, but the living expenses, of female and non-binary dramatic writers of color in graduate school and allow them protected time to write, alleviating pressure from financial obligations. These writers will go on to create for the stage, television and film.

TOUR & PROGRAMMING

The tour will encompass three installations in NYC followed by a national tour of major cities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. We will work with local theaters and artists to present Hansberry’s work and that of contemporary writers of color concurrent with the sculpture’s placement. Our educational component will be led by our partners New Victory/New 42.

MEET MAMIE HANSBERRY

The Initiative recently sat down to capture a conversation between Mamie Hansberry (Lorraine’s sister) and Taye Hansberry (Lorraine’s great niece) as they discussed growing up in the Chicago Hansberry household and aspects of Lorraine’s life that shaped her work. View the first segment here and click the button below to visit our full library of videos as they are released on YouTube.

MAKE AN IMPACT

The Lorraine Hansberry Initiative