Positive Roles In Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun

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Tori Robinson
April 2, 2015
A Dream to Come True Lorraine Hansberry was an African American Playwright and civil rights activist. Ms. Hansberry was also the first African American women to write a play that were performed on Broadway. “A Raisin in the Sun” can be considered a significant milestone for African American in the United States. Lorraine Hansberry attains the title “A Raisin in the Sun” from the poem “Dream Deferred” written by Langston Hughes. Both poets Lorraine Hansberry and Langston Hughes were tired of the stereotypical roles for African Americans. They both wanted to see African Americans portrayed in positive roles. Focusing on the dream that one day an African American family would be able to purchase a house.
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For example, the Jim Crow laws separating whites from blacks. These laws were supposed to be “separate but equal”. The Jim Crow laws was also portrayed when Walter was humiliated and ashamed of his race by Mr. Linder. The play was not supposed to be as popular and successful as it turned out to be. The play had only one white character which is Mr. Linder but ironically the audience was full of whites. Mr. Linder. Mr. Linder is from the welcoming committee from Clybourne Park where they plan to move. He tries to persuade and bribe the Youngers to not move into the white neighborhood. Mr. Linder’s character represents the white supremacist that controls the country. He portrays racism of the white majority that segregated America and helped to prolong the cycle of poverty in which African Americans have been in since the time of slavery. Hansberry try to educate the white audience by showing Africans Americans can be successful. For example in the play the Youngers were able to purchase a house outside of the slums of Chicago into an upper class neighborhood. She also encourages the African Americans by having an all-black cast in an all-black setting during a racial charged era. She portrays generations of African American families into anti-segregated family to help draw the struggles of African-Africans to …show more content…
“In the Hansberry v. Lee case the Supreme Court disapproved a racial covenant, ruling in favor of African American man who brought a house in a whites- only neighborhood. In the Buchanan v. Warley case the Supreme Court prohibiting the sale of property to African Americans. For decades white supremacists had used racial restrictive covenant to separate African Americans and white neighborhoods. The Hansberry v. lee case was big in 1937 when a purchase of property was made by an African American named Carl Hansberry. Anna Lee who was and signatories of a restrictive covenant by the property’s owner not to sell to African Americans, sued for $100,000. Lee won the case in the circuit case and the Supreme Court of Illinois but the case made it to The Supreme Court of the United States. She claimed that more than 500 land owners signed the agreement and would be ineffective unless 95 percent of the owners signed. She said Hansberry brought and occupied the land despite the knowledge if covenant. Earl Dickerson Hansberry lawyer argued that the required amount of residents has not signed the agreement. The justices reversed the Supreme Court of Illinois’ decision off of the Fourteenth Amendment which argues it’s unfair to allow 54 percent of the neighborhood owners to sign the covenant to represent the 46 percent who has not. They based the rulings on the legal technically and did not actually void

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