Lorraine Hansberry Note Card

In 1977 I created “In Praise of Women in the Arts,” a collection of greeting cards featuring eleven women in the arts. I was involved in the women’s movement and wanted to use my art to draw attention to women’s roles in the arts. In 2017 I reprinted one card from this collection honoring playwright, Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965), famous for her play, “A Raisin in the Sun.” I hope that this card will keep Lorraine Hansberry alive in our hearts and remind us that Black lives have always mattered.

The text on the back of the card is from something Mama says in “A Raisin in the Sun”:

When you starts measuring somebody,
measure him right, child. Measure him right.
Make sure you done taken into account
what hills and valleys he come through,
before he got to wherever he is.

In 2018 I reprinted 3 additional notecards of other Black women artists and activists — Katherine Dunham, Mary Lou Williams, and Sojourner Truth/Harriet Tubman. To order a packet of 2 each of the 4 designs, contact Christine at ceber@nmsu.edu. Packets are $24, including postage (more if outside of the US).