Reverend Martin Luther King leads civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

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Lorraine Hansbury's "A Raisin in the Sun" opens on Broadway

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“Bloody Sunday” march in Selma, Alabama

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Winston Churchill delivers “Iron Curtain” speech

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Willa Cather dies

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The term "Cold War" is coined by Bernard Baruch

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President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968

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Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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President Harry S. Truman signs into law the European Recovery Program (known as the Marshall Plan)

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Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston.

American Masters: Zora Neale Hurston

American Masters' "Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun"  offers an introduction to the writer many consider the pre-eminent African American woman novelist of her generation. The American Masters website provides a career timeline, photographs, and additional footage from the film. An important letter from Hurston to the poet Countee Cullen on race relations in America is also included as are links to related websites.