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1: Lorraine Hansberry & Langston Hughes

2: Lorraine Hansberry

3: Born: May 19, 1930 Died: January 12, 1965 Occupation: writer, playwright Known for: play Raisin in the Sun, the first play by an African American woman produced on Broadway Background, Family: Father: Carl A. Hansberry Mother: Nanny Perry Hansberry fourth of four children lived in Chicago until college

4: Education: University of Wisconsin, 1948-50 Roosevelt College School of Art Institute New School for Social Research Marriage, Children Husband: Robert Nemiroff (married 1953, divorced 1964) children: none

5: Plays: -A Raisin in the Sun (1959); screenplay 1960 (adapted as a musical, Raisin, in 1974) -The Sign in Sidney -Brustein's Window (1964) To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words (adaptation of Hansberry's writings by Robert Nemiroff) (1969) -Les Blancs (completed and edited by Robert Nemiroff) (1970)

6: Plays Continued -The Drinking Gourd (television script) (published 1972) -What Use Are Flowers? (television script) (published 1972) -Les Blancs: The Collected Last Plays of Lorraine Hansberry (completed and edited by Robert Nemiroff) (1972)

7: Awards : -New York Drama Critics Circle Award, 1959, for A Raisin in the Sun -Cannes Film Festival special award, 1961, for A Raisin in the Sun (screenplay)

8: Langston Hughes

9: Born: February 1, 1902 Death: May 22, 1967 (post-surgical heart failure, age 65) | Occupation: poet, columnist, dramatist, essayist, lyricist, novelist Ethnicity: African American, White American and Native American Parents: Caroline Mercer Langston & James Nathaniel Hughes - both mixed Born in: Joplin, Missouri

10: Langston Hughes published more than three dozen books during his life, starting out with poetry and then expanding into novels, short stories, and plays. He is closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance, the flowering of African-American literature and music in New York City following World War One, but he wrote poetry, books, and newspaper columns right through into the 1960s.

11: Hughes's work often spoke plainly about the lives of ordinary black people, which in later years earned him a reputation as one of the major black voices of the 1900s. His works include the poetry volumes The Weary Blues (1926) and Shakespeare in Harlem (1942), the novel Not Without Laughter (1930), and the short story collection The Ways of White Folks (1934). He wrote two personal memoirs: The Big Sea (1940) and I Wonder as I Wander (1956).

12: Mother to Son by Langston Hughes Well, son, I'll tell you: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor” Bare. But all the time I'se been a-climbin' on, And reachin' landin's, And turnin' corners, And sometimes goin' in the dark Where there ain't been no light. So, boy, don't you turn back. Don't you set down on the steps. 'Cause you finds it's kinder hard. Don't you fall now” For I'se still goin', honey, I'se still climbin', And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.

13: TPCASTT T: When i first read the title i thought the poem was about a mother having a conversation with her son P: The poem is about a mother talking to her son. She is telling him how life has treated her over the years. She's trying to motivate him so he can have a good life. C: "It had tacks in it, And Splinters" This shows that her life has been hard. A: The speakers attitude is motivational and kind S: The tone changed after the word "bare" it goes from her talking about how her life was, to her getting through hard times. after "So Boy", that's when she's telling him to try hard T: The title sums up the poem for the most part T: The selection shows that life is hard and that to get through your life, you need to have faith in yourself

14: Dream Variations by Langston Hughes To fling my arms wide In some place of the sun, To whirl and to dance Till the white day is done. Then rest at cool evening Beneath a tall tree While night comes on gently, Dark like me-- That is my dream! To fling my arms wide In the face of the sun, Dance! Whirl! Whirl! Till the quick day is done. Rest at pale evening . . . A tall, slim tree . . . Night coming tenderly Black like me. .

15: TPCASTT T: I think the title is about different types of dreams. P: This poem is about two different parts of a dream. The second part of the dream resembles the speaker. The night resembles the speaker being black. C: "Night" means that at the end of the day, he's black. A: The speaker seems excited. There are a lot of exclamation points. He uses words like "Dance!" and "Whirl!" S: The mood changes at the end and everything seems more serious and calmed down. After the words "Rest at pale evening..." T: The title suits the poem. T: This selection isn't really about a dream he has. It's reality.

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