Lorraine Hansberry Coalition

Lorraine Hansberry Coalition
The Lorraine Hansberry Coalition (LHC), established in February 2021, is part of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of Croton-on-Hudson, NY. It is dedicated to celebrating the life of acclaimed playwright, author, and activist Lorraine Hansberry and her connection with Croton-on-Hudson. A volunteer-driven group, we create innovative and inclusive opportunities that reflect the values and ideals by which Hansberry led her life, and welcome new members to join! Get in touch with us via email: coh.di.lhc@gmail.com.

The LHC, in partnership with CURE and Croton Free Library, is participating in an event called Five Towns: One Book to bring awareness to Hansberry's life and legacy. See below for more information (click here for the high-resolution flyer). 

LHC event


The Lorraine Hansberry Coalition Proudly Celebrates its Nominee Joi Gresham for the Distinguished Graduate Award at Croton-Harmon High School, November 10, 2022

A special tradition at Croton-Harmon High School, every few years alumni are nominated and selected to be inducted into its Hall of Distinguished Graduates. This year, CHHS inducts Mallory Lefland and Joi Gresham.

Joi Gresham is Literary Trustee to the Estate of Lorraine Hansberry. She is the daughter of the late Jewell Handy Gresham-Nemiroff and the late Robert Nemiroff, Hansberry’s former literary executor. As Literary Trustee, she oversees the multi-media licensing of Hansberry’s works and other intellectual properties, is a consulting producer for stage productions in the US and abroad and serves as editor for print editions of Hansberry’s writings. Gresham was Associate Producer of the 2014 TONY Award-winning Broadway revival of A RAISIN IN THE SUN starring Denzel Washington. She was a Consulting Producer with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival for a 2014 restoration production of THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN’S WINDOW. In 2016, Gresham was a Script Consultant for the Goodman Theatre’s production of THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN’S WINDOW, and for the National Theatre’s production of LES BLANCS in London. Her career spans thirty years as a performing artist, choreographer and college professor in the arts, education, and African American studies.

A biography for Mallory Lefland can be found here: https://mars.nasa.gov/people/profile/?id=22866

Congratulations, Joi Gresham!

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