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Radical Vision

Radical Vision

A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry

Soyica Diggs Colbert
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In this acclaimed biography of Lorraine Hansberry, Soyica Diggs Colbert narrates a life at the intersection of art and politics, arguing that for Hansberry the theater operated as a rehearsal room for her political and intellectual work. Celebrated for her play A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry was also the author of innovative journalism and of plays touching on slavery, interracial communities, and Black freedom movements. Hansberry was deeply involved in the Black freedom struggle during the Cold War and in the early civil rights movement, and here Colbert shows us an artist’s life with the background of the Greenwich Village art scene in the 1960s, the homophile movement, Black diasporic freedom movements, and third-wave feminism.
Drawing from Hansberry’s papers, speeches, and interviews, this book provides a new point of entry in the history of Black radicalism, and a new perspective on Black women in mid‑twentieth‑century political movements.


Soyica Diggs Colbert is the vice dean of faculty and Idol Family Professor of the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown University.


  • Publisher: Yale University Press (April 20, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • ISBN-10: 030024570X
  • ISBN-13: 9780300245707
  • Item Weight: 1.47 pounds
  • UNSPSC-Code: 55101500
  • Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
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