We Stand At The Crossroads
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Compared favourably to Roots, this series was transmitted to rave reviews in America, was repeated in one five-hour-long showing in a prime time Saturday evening slot and was nominated for an International Emmy. Based on Nicholas Lemann's international bestseller, it follows the 1940-1960 migration of more than five million African…
Any Place But Here
Part of the Series: The Promised Land
After reconstruction, white Americans began to take political and civil rights from the black citizens. The first episode sets the historical scene, examining the politics, poverty and aspirations that motivated millions to escape from near slavery and segregation in Mississippi for Chicago, which promised freedom and dignity. Chicago in 1942…
Sweet Home Chicago
Part of the Series: The Promised Land
In the autumn of 1944, the mechanical cotton picker ended the South's need for people to pick cotton by hand. At the same time, Chicago's munitions factories were desperate for labour. So the great migration North to Chicago moved into full swing. A night time steam train - its whistle…
More Angry Than Afraid
Part of the Series: The Promised Land
This programme is a look through the eyes of migrant families at Chicago's turbulent events in the late 1960s and early 1970s. President Johnson's Great Society plan was supposed to alleviate black poverty. But the plan had only boosted the growth of black ghettos. Black citizens cried out against paternalistic…
The Walls Of Jericho
Part of the Series: The Promised Land
Today more than a third of the population of Chicago is black. It's a direct result of the Great Migration between the 1930s and 70s when more than five million black Americans left the Deep South for "the promised land". The black tenement blocks of the South and West sides…
The Time Has Come - 1964-66
Episode 7 of Eyes on the Prize
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)…
Two Societies - 1965-68
Episode 8 of Eyes on the Prize
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 against Chicago's powerful mayor, Richard Daley. When a series of marches through all-white neighborhoods draws violence, King and Daley negotiate…
Power! - 1967-68
Episode 9 of Eyes on the Prize
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 Black Panther Party, armed with law books, breakfast programs, and guns, is born in Oakland. Substandard teaching practices prompt parents…
The Promised Land - 1967-68
Episode 10 of Eyes on the Prize
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 Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) embarks on an ambitious Poor People's Campaign. In the midst of political organizing, King detours to…
Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More - 1964-72
Episode 11 of Eyes on the Prize
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 who refuses to fight in Vietnam. Students at Howard University in Washington, D.C., fight to bring the growing black consciousness…
A Nation of Law? - 1968-71
Episode 12 of Eyes on the Prize
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 pre-dawn raid by police acting on information supplied by an FBI informant. In the wake of President Nixon's call to…
The Keys to the Kingdom - 1974-80
Episode 13 of Eyes on the Prize
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 desegregation order. Atlanta's first black mayor, Maynard Jackson, proves that affirmative action can work, but the Bakke Supreme Court case…