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LPB was one of four stations nationwide awarded the opportunity to present a film screening and community engagement initiative about the life and work of late playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

Hansberry is best known for A Raisin in the Sun, the first play written by an African American woman produced on Broadway (1959). On February 26, over 200 guests attended the film screening of the American Masters documentary Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart and panel discussion that followed. The audience was welcomed by Chancellor Littleton-Steib and LPB CEO Beth Courtney. The panel was moderated by Gerri Hobdy, Director of Community Relations in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Panelists were: Greg Williams, Jr. Artistic Director of New Venture Theatre and BRCC Faculty: Bea Gyimah, Assistant Professor, English and Founder/President of My Oyster Association and Dr. Tony Medlin, Assistant Professor, Theatre. Prior to the screening, an acting workshop was held featuring readings by BRCC theater students, led by Greg Williams, Jr. and professional actor Roger Ferrier. The readings were from A Raisin in the Sun and Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park (2010), a continuation of Hansberry’s play and 2012 Tony Award recipient for Best Play.



Thanks also to the Baton Rouge Community College Foundation, Philip L. Smith, Jr, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement, Rhett Poché, Dept. Chair of Fine Arts and Communication, and the staff and faculty of BRCC for your generous help facilitating this project. Visit lpb.org/hansberry for more information on this project including the #InspirationalWomanPBS initiative.


Video Player Menu: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart trailer; Panel discussion that followed film screening at BRCC; #InspiringWomanPBS testimonials

Click here for more information on the American Masters documentary film Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes / Feeling Heart.



Panel moderator:
Gerri Hobdy
Director of Community Relations, BRCC

Panelists:
Dr. Tony Medlin
Assistant Professor, Theatre, BRCC

Bea Gyimah
Assistant Professor, English, BRCC

Greg Williams, Jr.
Artistic Director, New Venture Theatre

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Panelists Dr. Tony Medlin, Assistant Professor, Theatre and Bea Gyimah, Assistant Professor, English; moderator Gerri Hobdy, Director of Community Relations in the Office of Institutional Advancement; and panelist Greg Williams, Jr. Artistic Director of New Venture Theatre.

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Philip L. Smith, Jr, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement; Gerri Hobdy, Director of Community Relations in the Office of Institutional Advancement; BRCC Chancellor Littleton-Steib; LPB CEO Beth Courtney, and Friends of LPB Board Chair Bill Blackwood.

INSPIRING WOMAN



Join us in celebrating the powerful, creative and innovative women in our lives. Inspiring Woman is a year-long online campaign based on themes central to the lives of Dr. Maya Angelou and Lorraine Hansberry: artistic expression, academic success, active community engagement and acceptance of difference. The Inspiring Woman campaign is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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BRCC theater students perform readings from A Raisin in the Sun and Clybourne Park.

DO YOU KNOW AN INSPIRING WOMAN?

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It could be your mother, a friend or a teacher. Have they expressed themselves artistically? Worked to better their community? Achieved academic success? Empowered others and embraced diversity? Share their stories here.

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Panel discussion following the film screening of Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart






Inspiring Woman Interviews


Gerri Hobdy

Connie C. James

Clarence Nero

Bea Gyimah

Sydney Epps






A production of Lorraine Hansberry Documentary Project, LLC in co-production with Independent Television Service and Black Public Media in association with The Film Posse, Chiz Schultz Inc. and American Masters Pictures. Funding for Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart provided by; the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Major support from National Endowment for the Humanities, Ford Foundation/JustFilms, National Endowment for the Arts, Lef Foundation, New York Community Trust, Illinois Humanities Council. Major support for American Masters provided by AARP.






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