American Experience: Eyes On The Prize: Awakenings/ Fighting Back
Airs Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
"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.
Episode One: "Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings 1954-1956"
The first episode of this groundbreaking documentary series examines America's civil rights years. Individual acts of courage inspire black Southerners to fight for their rights: Mose Wright testifies against the white men who murdered young Emmett Till and Rosa Parks refuses to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.
Episode Two: "Eyes on the Prize: Fighting Back 1957-1962"
States’ rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School and again in James Meredith's 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi. Both times, a southern governor squares off with a U.S. president, violence erupts — and integration is carried out.
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.