... if there are no waving flags and marching songs at the barricades as Walter marches out with his little battalion, it is not because the battle lacks nobility. On the contrary, he has picked up in his way, still imperfect and wobbly in his small view of human destiny.... He becomes, in spite of those who are too intrigued with despair and hatred of man to see it, King Oedipus refusing to tear out his eyes, but attacking the oracle instead. He is that last Jewish patriot manning his rifle at Warsaw.... He is Anne Frank, still believing in people; he is the nine small heroes of Little Rock; he is Michelangelo creating David and Beethoven bursting forth with the Ninth Symphony. He is all these things because he has finally reached out in his tiny moment and caught that sweet essence which is human dignity, and it shines like the old star-touched dream that is in his eyes.
Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965), African American playwright. An Author's Reflections: Walter Lee Younger, Willy Loman and He Who Must Live (1959).
Walter Lee Younger, the deeply flawed African American leading character of Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun (1959), finally stands up to intimidation and moves his family from a Chicago ghetto into a white neighborhood.