A collaged image. A person's torso is in the background and in the center of the image is black and white footage of playwright Lorraine Hansberry. Hansberry is wearing a white shirt and pearl earrings.

Spotlight Reading Series

This year’s Spotlight Reading Series will feature works authored and inspired by Lorraine Hansberry. Over three days, we will explore her literary and political voice as a playwright, an activist, and a queer author from Chicago’s South Side. All events in the Spotlight Reading Series are free and open to the public. Learn More.


Walking Tour with Essence McDowell: Lifting As They Climbed

Thursday, July 25, 2024
meeting in the lobby of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL, 60637
Leaves at 4:30 PM

In this special preamble to the series, delve into the immersive journey of Lifting As They Climbed: Mapping a History of Trailblazing Black Women in Chicago , an homage to the extraordinary women who have left an indelible mark on this city. During this walking tour, participants will explore the remarkable story of Lorraine Hansberry’s life and the lives of other powerful women who have empowered communities of Chicago throughout history.

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To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: A Portrait of Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words

Wednesday, July 31, 2024
at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Theater West, 915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL, 60637
Reading at 6:30pm

To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: A Portrait of Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words is a play adapted from Lorraine’s own writings – unpublished plays, letters, interviews, and journal entries. The narrative weaves across time and space, from her early childhood in Chicago to her college years, concluding with her losing battle with terminal illness at the age of 34. Director Malkia Stampley takes what’s on the page and weaves in further context from the original memoir of the same name in a lyrical staged reading that invites us to consider Hansberry’s legacy.

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Community Reads: To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, A Memoir by Lorraine Hansberry

Thursday, August 1, 2024
at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th St Fl 9, Chicago, IL, 60637
At 5:30 PM

Enjoy dinner and intimate, small group discussions as you explore Lorraine Hansberry’s memoir, To Be Young, Gifted, and Black. Learn more.

This event is sold out. You may sign up for our waitlist to be contacted if space becomes available.

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Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Thursday, August 1, 2024
at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Screening Room, 915 E 60th St Fl 2, Chicago, IL, 60637
Screening at 7:00 PM

The documentary Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart introduces viewers to the woman behind the work. Learn more.

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The Anticipation of Eve

Friday, August 2, 2024
at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Performance Penthouse, 915 E 60th St Fl 9, Chicago, IL, 60637
At 7:00 PM

As part of the official repository of the Lorraine Hansberry papers at the Schomburg Center, The Anticipation of Eve is part of a series of queer short stories Hansberry wrote under the pseudonym Emily Jones. Experience a performed reading and discussion of this rare text by artists zakkiyyah najeebah dumas-o’neal, AJ McClenon, and Bimbola Akinbola.

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