A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
"Film of the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations." - summary
Screenplay by Lorraine Hansberry
Run time: 128 minutes
This film is not rated. Common Sense Media deems it suitable for ages 13 and over.
Licensed through Swank
Screening Date and Location
March 11, 2019
The Library will present this film on March 11, the date the play made its Broadway debut in 1959.
Palatka Campus, Valhalla Hall at 10:00 a.m. and
Palatka Campus Library, L-219C at 5:00 p.m.
Orange Park, building D, room D-14 at 1:00 p.m.
July 25, 2019
Location: Palatka Campus Library
Time: 5:30 p.m.
An informal discussion with members of The Turning Table's Race Issues Study Circle will be held after the film.
Celebration • Education • Reflection
H.R.1242/Public Law 115-102, the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, establishes 2019 as a year of "commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies, at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619." The commemoration is intended “to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans since 1619; to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced racial discrimination had on the United States; and to educate the public about the arrival of Africans in the United States; and the contributions of African-Americans to the United States.” In recognition of this commemoration and with the Act serving as a guide, the SJR State Library has organized a year-long series of events that will provide educational experiences and resources to students and the community that celebrate the history and culture of African Americans.