Eyes on the Prize
America's Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985

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Eyes on the Prize - America's Civil Rights Movement 1954-1985
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14 episodes in this series

Episode 1 Awakenings - 1954-1956
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…
Episode 2 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…
Episode 3 Ain't Scared of Your Jails - 1960-1961
Black college students take a leadership role in the civil rights movement as lunch counter sit-ins spread across the South. "Freedom Riders" also try to desegregate interstate buses, but they…
Episode 4 No Easy Walk - 1961-1963
The civil rights movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. Some demonstrations succeed; others fail. But the…
Episode 5 Mississippi: Is This America? - 1963-1964
Mississippi's grass-roots civil rights movement becomes an American concern when college students travel south to help register black voters and three activists are murdered. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party challenges…
Episode 6 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…
Episode 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…
Episode 8 Two Societies - 1965-68
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) come north to help Chicago's civil rights leaders in their nonviolent struggle against segregated housing. Their efforts pit them…
Episode 9 Power! - 1967-68
The call for Black Power takes various forms across communities in black America. In Cleveland, Carl Stokes wins election as the first black mayor of a major American city. The…
Episode 10 The Promised Land - 1967-68
Martin Luther King stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. One year before his death, he publicly opposes the war in Vietnam. His Southern…
Episode 11 Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More - 1964-72
A call to pride and a renewed push for unity galvanize black America. World heavyweight champion Cassius Clay challenges America to accept him as Muhammad Ali, a minister of Islam…
Episode 12 A Nation of Law? - 1968-71
Black activism is increasingly met with a sometimes violent and unethical response from local and federal law enforcement agencies. In Chicago, two Black Panther Party leaders are killed in a…
Episode 13 The Keys to the Kingdom - 1974-80
In the 1970s, antidiscrimination legal rights gained in past decades by the civil rights movement are put to the test. In Boston, some whites violently resist a federal court school…
Episode 14 Back to the Movement - 1979-Mid-1980s
Power and powerlessness. Miami's black community -- pummeled by urban renewal, a lack of jobs, and police harassment -- explodes in rioting. But in Chicago, an unprecedented grassroots movement triumphs.…

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Carlos

I first discovered this series on VHS back in the mid 1990s. I watch the entire 14 hours at least once a year. This should be required for all people of African descent who are in America.

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Mina

I just rewatched this whole series 32 years after it first aired...and wow. It's still so relevant, and so important. I almost wish they would revisit this and add episodes for the intervening years up to now!

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susan

I am so grateful for this service. What a selection!!

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Ryan

Wow!

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Leo

It's great to see this in the collection.

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Kyra

I've been searching for this collection for years.

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