We present excerpts from Lorraine Hansberry's play "To Be Young, Gifted and Black." In her writing, Hansberry drew heavily on her own experiences growing up on the south side of Chicago. In 1959 Hansberry's first play, "A Raisin in the Sun," won the Best Play Award from the New York Drama Critic's Circle. Only 29 years old at the time, Hansberry was the youngest American, and the first black playwright, to win this prestigious award.
"To Be Young, Gifted, And Black" was created from Hansberry's plays, poems, and writings by her husband Robert Nemiroff. The entire play represents 20 episodes in Hansberry's life. This production stars James Earl Jones, Barbara Baxley, and Claudia McNeil, and was directed by Gigi Cascio and Robert Nemiroff.