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This week we hear excerpts from Chicagoan Lorraine Hansberry’s play “To Be Young Gifted and Black”. We hear her recollections in her own voice, and the play as it was performed circa 1970 (featuring James Earl Jones and Barbara Baxley). Best known as the playwright behind “Raisin in the Sun”, Hansberry’s play ”To be Young, Gifted and Black” draws heavily from her own life exploring themes of identity, particularly those of blackness.
But first, we return to a conversation with Artist/Poet Krista Franklin in which she speaks about the ideals behind Post-Blackness, a contemporary expression of Black Identity (and whether this new expression directly counters older ones). She also talks about one of her inspirations, Romare Bearden, an artist who came of age in the Harlem Renaissance and died in 1988. His work, “Pittsburgh Memory 1964”, is pictured here. We also hear archival tape of Mr. Bearden speaking circa 1970 about his role as an artist, and how identity played a part in his artistic expression.
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