"A Raisin in the Sun"
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Ms. Hansberry’s play is a poignant and realistic account external image arrow-10x10.png of a hard-working, complicated, black family living in Chicago, at the height of the Civil Rights movement.

With a $10,000 life insurance check to invest, this family has more needs than resources. It could cover the down payment on a house, provide money for medical school tuition, contribute to a risky business venture......

"Raisin" is a story about family relationships, life's struggles, epiphanies, and broken dreams.




CIVIL RIGHTS
When most Americans think of the Civil Rights Movement, they have in mind a span of time beginning with the 1954 Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed segregated education, or the Montgomery Bus Boycott (Rosa Parks) and culminated in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The movement encompassed both local groups and established organizations such as the Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The movement nevertheless aimed to eliminate the system of Jim Crow segregation and reform some of the worst aspects of racism in American institutions and life.......

View a timeline of the Civil Rights Movement here:
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/civilrightstimeline1.html

Much of our memory of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s is embodied in dramatic photographs, newsreels, and recorded speeches, which America encountered in daily papers and the nightly news. As the movement rolled across the nation, Americans absorbed images of hopeful, disciplined, and dedicated young people shaping their destinies. They were met with hostility, federal ambivalence and indifference, as well as mob and police violence. African Americans fought back with direct action protests and keen political organizing, such as voter registration drives and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. The crowning achievements were the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The images are alternately angering and inspiring, powerful, iconic.


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