Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, Highlighting Playwright's Legacy, Will Launch Online April 1

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11 Mar 2014

The Lorraine Hansberry Literary Trust, an online space devoted to the life and work of late playwright and activist Hansberry, will be established in April, according to the New York Times.



Created by Hansberry's estate, the virtual space will feature items that showcase her life as a writer, public intellectual and civil rights activist.

The Times reports the site will present never-before released photographs of Hansberry, a connection to her archive at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, biographical information, video clips of her television interviews and productions of her plays and audio of her radio interviews, speeches and cast recordings.

The website will also feature a bibliography of Hansberry's essays and articles, including her work as journalist for The Village Voice and other publications, as well as examples of her drawings, sketches and paintings.

"The big deal is to bring attention to her other work," Joi Gresham, the director and co-trustee of Hansberry's literary trust, said in an interview with the Times. "It's an opportunity for people to understand her many facets.

"The website was also spurred by the perception that her work is in the public domain and that it was not represented or guided by anyone," Gresham added.

The website, lorrainehansberryliterarytrust.org, is scheduled to go live April 1.

One of Hansberry's most well-known works is the play A Raisin in the Sun, which highlights the lives of African Americans living in Chicago. First performed on Broadway in 1959, a revival of the play, directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon and starring Tony Award winner Denzel Washington, will open on Broadway April 3.