In 1959 Lorraine Hansberry became the first African American woman to have a play staged on Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun, about what happens when a black family’s dreams are postponed.
But it was 1976 before another play by an African American woman made it to Broadway. Ntozake Shange’s smash hit “For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.”
Miriam Colon started the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater in New York in 1967, and Tisa Chang set up the Pan Asian Repertory Theater in New York in 1977.
Playwright Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 hit A Raisin in the Sun moved from Broadway to the big screen in 1961. The movie’s stars included Sidney Poitier, left, Claudia McNeil, center, and Ruby Dee, right.