Monday, January 21, 2013

Eyes on the Prize

Martin Luther King Jr Day is today--and every day!



Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning 14-hour television series created Henry Hampton (1940-1998), produced by Blackside, and narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985.

For more info (and many more resources), see PBS: The American Experience--Eyes on the Prize.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years

1/14 – "Awakenings" (1954–1956)
  • Murder of Emmett Till
  • Montgomery Bus Boycott

2/14 – "Fighting Back" (1957–1962)
  • Central High School and the Little Rock Nine
  • James Meredith and the University of Mississippi

3/14 – "Ain't Scared of Your Jails" (1960–1961)
  • Nashville sit-ins and boycotts
  • Freedom Riders

4/14 – "No Easy Walk" (1961–1963)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and . . .
  • Albany, Georgia
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • The March on Washington

5/14 – "Mississippi: Is This America?" (1962–1964)
  • Medgar Evers
  • Murder of Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner
  • Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

6/14 – "Bridge to Freedom" (1965)
  • Voting rights movement in Selma, Alabama


Eyes on the Prize: America at the Crossroads

7/14 – "The Time Has Come" (1964–1966)
  • Malcolm X
  • Lowndes County Freedom Organization
  • The March Against Fear

8/14 – "Two Societies" (1965–1968)
  • Martin Luther King and Chicago
  • Detroit Riot of 1967

9/14 – "Power!" (1967–1968)
  • Election of Carl Stokes as Cleveland mayor
  • Birth of the Black Panther Party
  • Community control of the Ocean Hill-Brownsville school district in Brooklyn

10/14 – "The Promised Land" (1967–1968)
  • The final years of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The Poor People's Campaign and Resurrection City

11/14 – "Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More" (1964–1972)
  • Muhammad Ali
  • The movement at Howard University
  • National Black Political Convention

12/14 – "A Nation of Law?" (1968–1971)
  • Fred Hampton and the Black Panther Party in Chicago
  • Attica Prison rebellion

13/14 – "The Keys to the Kingdom" (1974–1980)
  • Busing and the Boston public school system
  • Maynard Jackson and the city of Atlanta
  • Allan Bakke and affirmative action

14/14 – "Back to the Movement" (1979–1983)
  • Miami Riot of 1980 and preceding events
  • Election of Harold Washington as Chicago mayor and preceeding events
  • Overview of the movement and its effect upon the nation and the world


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