Ivan Dixon

Plays continue discussions about race that were begun in 'A Raisin in the Sun' [Commentary]

The first time I saw Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin in the Sun" I was a young girl, and it was in black and white on television. It starred Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Ivan Dixon, Diana Sands and others from the cast when it was on Broadway. As I watched the TV version, I remember laughing at times, getting angry at others and shedding tears as I watched the story of the close-knit black Younger family unfold.

Hansberry wrote "A Raisin in the Sun" when she was only 29 years old and became the first black woman to have a play staged on Broadway in 1959. The play captured the life of blacks in a way that had never been done before on Broadway, with the issues of...