Part of PBS' American Experience, Parts 1-6 were released in 2006 and the other parts in this series are now being aired in 2-episode installments in February. NOTE: This recording was glitchy but releasing it as-is there are no reairs and since other sources for this series are not easily available (other than low quality VHS rips afaik). There are video corruptions for the last 15 minutes and minor audio sync issues before that (fixable by simply adjusting the sync delay in your player). Part 8 has the same problems but to a far lesser degree (less than one minute at the end). Parts 9-10 have no such issues and four other parts are scheduled to air later this month.
Originally aired (on PBS): 2008.02.03
Produced by Blackside, "Eyes on the Prize" tells the definitive story of the civil rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life, and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. Winner of numerous Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody Award, an International Documentary Award, and a Television Critics Association Award, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil rights in America. "Eyes on the Prize" recounts the fight to end decades of discrimination and segregation. It is the story of the people -- young and old, male and female, northern and southern -- who, compelled by a meeting of conscience and circumstance, worked to eradicate a world where whites and blacks could not go to the same school, ride the same bus, vote in the same election, or participate equally in society. It was a world in which peaceful demonstrators were met with resistance and brutality -- in short, a reality that is now nearly incomprehensible to many young Americans. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, "Eyes on the Prize" traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act; from early acts of individual courage through the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions. Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist, narrates.
Part 7: The Time Has Come (1964-66)
After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the civil rights movement: the insistent call for power. Malcolm X takes an eloquent nationalism to urban streets as a younger generation of black leaders listens. In the South, Stokely Carmichael and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) move from "Freedom Now!" to "Black Power!" as the fabric of the traditional movement changes.
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