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In this January 1959 file photo, author and playwright Lorraine Hansberry poses for a photo. The author of "A Raisin in the Sun" will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame as part of the 10-member class of 2017 on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 (David Attie/Getty via AP)MoreCloseclosemore
In this January 1959 file photo, author and playwright Lorraine Hansberry poses for a photo. The author of "A Raisin in the Sun" will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame as part of the 10-member class of 2017 on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 (David Attie/Getty via AP)

On March 11, 1959, "A Raisin in the Sun" opened on Broadway. It is one of the most important plays in the history of American theater, telling the story of the American dream and its limitations for black Americans.

"A Raisin In The Sun" was written by Lorraine Hansberry. Hansberry was a profoundly intelligent, politically radical and emotionally perspicacious 28-year-old when the play first debuted in New York.

A new documentary, entitled "Sighted Eyes | Feeling Heart," explores her life.

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Tracy Heather Strain, director of "Sighted Eye | Feeling Heart," which premieres on PBS on Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. She tweets @thstrain.

This segment aired on January 19, 2018.

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