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Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) is best known for "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959), the first play written by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Baton Rouge Community College are offering a free screening of "Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart" at 6 p.m. Monday at the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion on the main campus of BRCC, 201 Community College Drive, in Baton Rouge.

The new film from PBS' "American Masters" looks at the life of the late playwright and activist Hansberry (1930-1965) best known for "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959), the first play written by an African-American woman to be produced on Broadway.

" 'A Raisin in the Sun' changed the face of American theater by depicting the limitations of the American dream through the lives of a black family on Chicago’s South Side," a news release says.

The documentary is from filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain and features interviews with Hollywood legends Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte and Louis Gossett Jr., narration by actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and voiced by actress Anika Noni Rose as Hansberry.

"The result is a timely and revealing portrait of an activist and artist whose popular recognition has, until now, remained long overdue," the release says.

The screening will be followed by a 45-minute panel discussion. To RSVP for the screening, call (225) 767-4274 or email RSVP@lpb.org. For more information and to see a trailer of the film, visit LPB.org/Hansberry.

In conjunction with this screening, New Venture Theatre is offering a free acting workshop at BRCC on Friday, February 23 at 1PM. No prior experience necessary. For more information and to register visit LPB.org/Hansberry.