Special event

From Liberals to Radicals: Understanding Hansberry’s Vision Today

March 18, 2023

Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description With Joi Gresham, Anne Kauffman and Arminda Thomas
In conversation with Soyica Diggs Colbert
Opening poetry by Grace Tapia

“We have to find some way … to show and to encourage the white liberal to stop being a liberal and become an American radical.”—Lorraine Hansberry, “The Black Revolution and the White Backlash”

What does it mean to be an American radical? In Lorraine Hansberry’s life, activism, and artistic work, she called for a shift from liberalism to radicalism designed to meet the moment of the Civil Rights Movement.

Join a group of Hansberry scholars and theater makers for a discussion of Hansberry’s radicalism, presented in conjunction with BAM’s production of The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window—about a group of progressive dreamers in 1960s New York—and the related exhibit “Art is Energy”: Lorraine Hansberry, World Builder. This wide-ranging conversation, co-presented by BAM and BRIC, explores the tension between liberalism and radicalism in Hansberry’s play and beyond, and what it could look like for liberals to become radicals today.
Identifier 2023s.SE.00318