Introduction to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Social Background.
Sentiments in A Raisin… will be echoed by MLK in later speeches, marches, and rallies
Martin Luther King, Jr.Civil-Rights Leader
I have a dream… a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’
In 1954, the Supreme Court found in favor of the plaintiffs in the Brown v. The Board of Education case. However, the desegregation of schools didn’t begin to take effect until 1957. Moreover, the case’s decision did not abolish segregation in other public areas, such as restaurants and restrooms.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore –
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over –
Like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
Sanya Richards Nike Ad ~A Dream Deferred~ (2008)