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        Lorraine Hansberry | Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart – Writing, Politics, and Compassion

        Explore how Lorraine Hansberry’s work rests at the intersection of writing, politics, and compassion in this video from the American Masters film, Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart. In 1959, just weeks before A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway, Lorraine Hansberry spoke at the First Conference of Negro Writers and delivered her famous line, “One cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world.” Support materials include discussion questions and a handout asking students to analyze her speech.

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