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February 18, 1973

Program, <em>To Be Young, Gifted And Black</em>, February 1973, Barksdale Theatre Records, 1945–2004, Accession 41088, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

To Be Young, Gifted And Black Was Performed

The Barksdale Theatre was founded in 1953 at the Hanover Tavern in Hanover County and it is believed to be the first dinner theater in the nation. The theater flourished and in February 1973 put on the play, To Be Young, Gifted And Black, about the life of Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965). Hansberry was the author of the critically acclaimed play A Raisin in the Sun. Her former husband, Robert Nemiroff, adapted To Be Young, Gifted And Black using Hansberry's letters, diaries, and fictional writings.