The McKinley Foundation will screen A Raisin in the Sun on Friday, March 8, at 7 PM in the McKinley Foundation Living Room. There will be a post screening discussion featuring guest speaker Desiree Y. McMillion, PhD, Instructor in the UIUC Department of African American Studies.
This lauded drama follows the Youngers, an African-American family living together in an apartment in Chicago. Following the death of their patriarch, they try to determine what to do with the substantial insurance payment they’ll soon receive. Opinions on what to do with the money vary. Walter Lee (Sidney Poitier) wants to make a business investment, while his mother, Lena (Claudia McNeil), is intent on buying a house for them all to live in―two differing views of the American Dream.
This 1961 drama film directed by Daniel Petrie was adapted from the 1959 play of the same name by Lorraine Hansberry. It was groundbreaking when first released, and a wealth of future plays, films, and TV productions have taken their lead from this socially conscious drama.
Desiree Y. McMillion, PhD, Instructor in the UIUC Department of African American Studies, will facilitate a pre- and post- screening discussion of the film. Dr. McMillion’s research and teaching interests include the nature and relationship of historic and contemporary experiences of African Americans in academia, the workplace, film, the community, and home environment.
Movie is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Free parking is available at the parking garage across the street.
This film is part of a year-long series exploring freedom in the 21st century, inspired by American artist Norman Rockwell’s paintings of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms (1941)—freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.