“To Be Young Gifted and Black” Captures Spirit of African-American Writer

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—“To Be Young Gifted and Black,” a collage of excerpts by acclaimed playwright and author Lorraine Hansberry, will be presented as a staged reading at the Hallam Theatre at Prince George’s Community College, March 4, 8 p.m. and March 5, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. In celebration of the author’s short but inspirational life, seven actors and actresses will perform dramatic readings from her letters, diary entries, speeches, and plays including “A Raisin in the Sun.”   

The production tells Hansberry’s story of growing up in Chicago with her family facing racial discrimination and traveling to New York City to launch a writing career that culminated with an award-winning play before her death at age 34. After her passing, Hansberry’s husband adapted a collection of her writing and interviews in “To Be Young Gifted and Black” which later became an off-Broadway play. The production is considered a major work about the black experience in mid-century America. 

“To Be Young Gifted and Black” is presented by the Communication and Theatre Department at Prince George’s Community College. Tickets are $10 for general admission. Prices are $5 for seniors and PGCC students and employees. For more information, call 301-546-0920.  

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro, and John Eager Howard Community Center. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.  


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