American Masters

Lorraine Hansberry on being young, gifted and black

Clip: Season 32 Episode 1 | 1m 41s

With her health failing, Lorraine Hansberry left the hospital to speak to the teenage winners of a national writing contest. She described the young writers as "young, gifted and black" - the words that inspired the Nina Simone song of the same name - and urged them to represent their community in their work.

Aired: 01/19/18

Rating: NR

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