With a focus especially on The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window , this article argues that Hansberry’s work is, in a sense, underappreciated. Hansberry’s fame relies chiefly on A Raisin in the Sun , and critics have often failed to appreciate Brustein because of its general allusion to life in the Village and comparative lack of adherence to Black topics. The article however argues that this is an indicator of Hansberry’s overall strength as an author, rather than a weakness. The article assesses the work’s importance with allusions to Anne Cheney and comparisons to the writing of August Wilson. It additionally explores her upbringing in the Black bourgeosie.
It is argued that Lisa Jones' work, comprised mainly of humorous essays and sketches originally published in New York papers, is in its own way worth more than the writings of some better known Black American authors. Her style is compared to that of other writers, and her influence on topics such as interracial marriage is noted.
The work of Ida B. Wells is examined not only from the standpoint of her anti-lynching writings, but from a perusal of her diaries and her efforts as a young woman. It is concluded that she exemplifies the best of the notion of a genuine democratic political force.