A twentieth-century African-American author known for his poems about the black experience in the United States. He was a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance.
A famous line from one of his poems is “What happens to a dream deferred? / Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” Lorraine Hansbury, a celebrated African-American playwright, named her first play, A Raisin in the Sun, after this line.
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