"A Raisin in the Sun" (1961) Classic Movie Recommendation

Feb 28, 2020, 02:39 PM

The Younger family members work low-wage jobs and are stuck in a tiny apartment, but they all dream of a better life. A life insurance settlement offers them a chance to improve their standing, but they can’t agree on the wisest way to use the money. The Civil Rights Act of 1968 is still several years in the future, which means they face all sorts of barriers that white Americans wouldn’t have to consider. Chet talks about how his family was staking its claim to the American Dream just as this movie was being made. Dee tells us why she’s now a Lorraine Hansberry stan.

To close out Black History Month, Chet and Dee discuss Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play/film, “A Raisin in the Sun.” The story about a working-class family trying to carve out a future in a world that denies them equal opportunities became the first Broadway play written by a black woman.