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Library revives Lorraine Hansberry Lecture Series
Press Release 5/4/2000

Lloyd Richards, director of the original production of A Raisin in the Sun, will be the keynote speaker at The Newark Public Library on Thursday, May 18, as part of the library's Lorraine Hansberry Lecture Series. The program begins at 7pm in Centennial Hall, located on the second floor of the main library, 5 Washington Street. It is free and open to the public.

Lorraine Hansberry was the first African-American author ever to win the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. She won it for A Raisin in the Sun, the first play by an African-American woman to reach Broadway. It was received triumphantly at its inception and has been one of the most-produced plays of all time, evoking a profusion of scholarly work and discussion.

In 1969, James Brown, Jr., the first to serve as the head of the library's African-American Room, founded The Lorraine Hansberry Lecture Series. The series enabled Newarkers to interact with some of the best and brightest African-American artists, writers and scholars. The May 18 lecture will mark the revival of the series, which has been dormant since Mr. Brown's death in 1991.

Edna Bailey and Celeste Bateman are the series co-chairs; Harold Scott, the 1995 recipient of the Lloyd Richards Directors Award, is honorary chair.

Donations to the lecture series should be made payable to The Newark Public Library James Brown Program Fund, and may be mailed to The Newark Public Library, c/o Development Department, 5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102.

The public is invited to call the James Brown African-American Room, at 733-5411, for more information about this program.

 

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