Her "A Raisin in The Sun" remains one of America's greatest plays both for its craftsmanship and its epiphany for whites about the black struggle.
For the most part, PBS did an excellent job.
But one part left me rather angry.
Hansberry died of pancreatic cancer on Jan. 12, 1965.
But according to the documentary, Hansberry's ex-husband -- who remained her close friend after their divorce -- and at least one other friend kept the diagnosis from her.
That other friend is seen admitting such deception was "patriarchal." But it's hard to detect any real remorse.
The film says two surgeries were for bleeding ulcers.
I have no idea about the relationships between Hansberry and her friends.
But it is near impossible to believe that anyone who knew Hansberry -- a proud, defiantly independent woman -- would keep such a diagnosis from her.
The only alternative is that "American Masters" got it wrong, or failed miserably in explaining the situation.
Perhaps the much-needed context was left on the editing room floor.
Yet one more indignity for Ms. Hansberry.