The Once and Future Vision of Lorraine Hansberry, No. 4, 1979
Alex Haley, author of The Autobiography of Malcolm Xand the novel Roots, wrote this essay for Freedomways' special issue focusing on Lorraine Hansberry's life and works.
For me, this is one of the most affirmative periods in history. I'm very pleased that those peoples in the world whom I feel closest to: the colonial peoples, the African peoples, the Asian peoples are in an insurgent mood, and are in the process of transforming the world, and I think for the better. I can't quite understand pessimism at this moment; unless, of course, one is wedded to things that are dying out, which should die out, like colonialism, like racism.1