This is the Younger Family. They've recently just experienced a family death, their father, Walter Sr. They've always had financial problems, but the sudden death has caused insurance money to come. Family Names from left to right: Ruth & Walter Lee, their son Travis, Mama (Lena Younger), and daughter Beneatha
The insurance check will arrive this weekend so the family is discussing it's use. Walter wants to invest in a liquor business with his friends, Willy and Bobo. Beneatha wants some money for school. Mama wants to make a down payment for a family home, so the family can be set for life; Ruth also agrees.
The family is beginning to meet one of Beneatha's love interest's. His name is Joseph Asagai, he's a nigerian man, who she met in school. They're beginning to find great interest in each other and thinking about their future. Beneatha is learning about his cultural background and began's chanting African hymns. Mama takes interest in him also and asks him questions about his cultural background.