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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Eyes On The Prize: Mississippi: Is This America?/Bridge To Freedom

Airs Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: The climax of a 10-year struggle for equality - the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

Roy Wilkins (left), executive secretary of the NAACP, and Medgar Evers (center), NAACP field secretary, are arrested for protesting beatings and arrests of civil rights demonstrators in Jackson, Mississippi. Evers was assassinated 10 days later.
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Above: Roy Wilkins (left), executive secretary of the NAACP, and Medgar Evers (center), NAACP field secretary, are arrested for protesting beatings and arrests of civil rights demonstrators in Jackson, Mississippi. Evers was assassinated 10 days later.

"Eyes on the Prize" is an award-winning 14-hour television series 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.

Series topics range from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954 to the Voting Rights Act in 1965; from community power in schools to "Black Power" in the streets; from early acts of individual courage through to the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions.

In 1964, Freedom Schools are created throughout Mississippi as Freedom Summer volunteers, most of them northern college students, travel south to work with local civil rights workers to help educate black children and organize black voters.
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Above: In 1964, Freedom Schools are created throughout Mississippi as Freedom Summer volunteers, most of them northern college students, travel south to work with local civil rights workers to help educate black children and organize black voters.

Episode Five: "Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi: Is This America? 1963-1964"

Mississippi's grassroots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three of them are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges the regular Mississippi delegation at the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City.

Episode Six: "Eyes on the Prize: Bridge to Freedom 1965"

A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A major victory is won when the federal Voting Rights Bill passes, but civil rights leaders know they have new challenges ahead.

Reflections on an Era:

Read personal essays and other comments from a variety of people connected with the Civil Rights Movement. Then share your own thoughts or comments.

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Promo: American Experience: Eyes On The Prize

Above: Actor and author Bill Cosby discusses the important lessons to be learned from the groundbreaking civil rights series "Eyes On The Prize" and encourages everyone to watch it when it returns to their local PBS station in April 2010.

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