I remember how sad I felt when I learned how young this talented voice was when she died. Only 34! What a tragedy as we were all robbed of countless new stories. Still, I am so grateful that she did have her moment in the sun. She did share her gift with the world and it will last forever.
I think she was not only talented but also so brilliant and beautiful too. Her good friend Nina Simone wrote a song about her called “Young, Gifted and Black”. Before there was Maya Angelou or Alice Walker or Oprah there was Lorraine Hansberry who blazed a path for them. Her light did not flame long but what a bright flame it was.
Here’s a good mini-documentary about Lorraine Hansbury.
Here’s the tribute written for Lorraine by her friend Nina Simone who’s played it for decades in her honor
Here’s an amazing scene from a raisin in the sun with Sidney Portier