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She had to sit at a separate table in the back of the room. Even though she won, McDaniel was kept separate from the white actors because of discrimination. 37 Lorraine Hansberry wrote about the experiences of her own family in A Raisin in the Sun. A Raisin in the Sun Some filmmakers and playwrights wanted to show what life was really like for African Americans. In 1959 Lorraine Hansberry’s play A Raisin in the Sun was performed on Broadway in New York. It was the first time a play by an African-American woman had been performed there.

Describe how the people’s voices sound. Are they hopeful or sad? Be sure to set the scene, develop a sequence of events, and offer a conclusion. 44 Say What? Reading about African-American culture can introduce new vocabulary words. Find five words in this book that you’ve never heard before. Use a dictionary to look up what they mean. Then write the meanings in your own words. Use each word in a new sentence. Surprise Me Chapter Four discusses how African-American music developed. The development of different genres of music can be interesting and surprising.

I never had that, streets was my second home Welcomed me with open arms provided a place to crash at A place to study math at, matter of fact, I learned it all Source: Jay Z. American Gangster. Rock-A-Fella Records, 2007. CD. “Dear Mama” by 2Pac When I was young, me and my mama had beef Seventeen years old kicked out on the streets . . Suspended from school; and scared to go home, I was a fool With the big boys breaking all the rules Source: 2Pac. Me Against the World. Interscope Records, 1995.

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