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Eyes on the Prize

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. Narrated by political leader and civil rights activist Julian Bond (1940-2015).

Bridge to Freedom (1965)

56m 15s

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.

Episodes

  • Bridge to Freedom (1965): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bridge to Freedom (1965)

    S1 E6 - 56m 15s

    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.

  • Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964)

    S1 E5 - 56m 15s

    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.

  • No Easy Walk (1961-1963): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    No Easy Walk (1961-1963)

    S1 E4 - 56m 15s

    The Civil Rights Movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. Some demonstrations succeed; others fail. But the triumphant March on Washington, D.C., under King’s leadership shows mounting national support for civil rights. President John F. Kennedy proposes the Civil Rights Act.

  • Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)

    S1 E3 - 56m 14s

    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 are brutally attacked as they travel.

  • Fighting Back (1957–1962): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Fighting Back (1957–1962)

    S1 E2 - 56m 14s

    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 US president, violence erupts - and integration is carried out.

  • Awakenings (1954-1956): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Awakenings (1954-1956)

    S1 E1 - 56m 15s

    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.

Extras + Features

  • Bridge to Freedom (1965) | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Bridge to Freedom (1965) | Promo

    S1 E6 - 30s

    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.

  • Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964) | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964) | Promo

    S1 E5 - 30s

    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.

  • Mississippi-Is This America? (1963-1964) | Register to Vote: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mississippi-Is This America? (1963-1964) | Register to Vote

    S1 E5 - 42s

    Lawrence Guyot, founding chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, expresses frustration over the voter registration process for Black Americans in Mississippi. From Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964).

  • Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964) | Freedom Summer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964) | Freedom Summer

    S1 E5 - 1m 10s

    In 1964, activist Bob Moses announces Freedom Summer in Mississippi. The project would send volunteers, mostly white, to join Black residents in the state to assist with education, community activities like voter registration. From Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964).

  • Mississippi-Is This America? (1963-1964) | A New Party: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mississippi-Is This America? (1963-1964) | A New Party

    S1 E5 - 52s

    Victoria Gray Adams, one of the founding members of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, explains what the party's goals are - one being Black representation and recognition at the state and national level. From Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi - Is This America? (1963-1964).

  • No Easy Walk (1961-1963) | Promo: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    No Easy Walk (1961-1963) | Promo

    S1 E4 - 30s

    The Civil Rights Movement discovers the power of mass demonstrations as the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges as its most visible leader. Some demonstrations succeed; others fail. But the triumphant March on Washington, D.C., under King’s leadership shows mounting national support for civil rights. President John F. Kennedy proposes the Civil Rights Act.

  • No Easy Walk (1961-1963) | MLK Jr. in Birmingham: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    No Easy Walk (1961-1963) | MLK Jr. in Birmingham

    S1 E4 - 1m 44s

    Reverend Andrew Young tells the story of the moment that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. showed his “true leadership.” It began in Birmingham, Alabama where King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLDC) and the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights led a campaign of protests. From Eyes on the Prize: No Easy Walk (1961-1963).

  • Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961) | Freedom Riders: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961) | Freedom Riders

    S1 E3 - 1m 3s

    James Farmer, the director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), explains the step-by-step procedures for the Freedom Riders from Washington, D.C. through America's South to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961. From Eyes on the Prize: Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961).

  • Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961) | John Lewis: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961) | John Lewis

    S1 E3 - 1m 39s

    John Lewis speaks about the planned protection detail for the Freedom Riders in Alabama, and what actually happened along the way from Birmingham to their arrival in Montgomery. From Eyes on the Prize: Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961).

Schedule

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    Eyes on the Prize

    Ain't Scared of Your Jails 1960-1961

    Sunday
    Apr 11

    1 Hour

    Black students join in lunch-counter sit-ins; the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; CORE's Freedom Riders are attacked.
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    Eyes on the Prize

    No Easy Walk 1961-1963

    Sunday
    Apr 11

    1 Hour

    An Albany, Ga., anti-segregation demonstration; Birmingham, Ala., Children's March; the "I Have a Dream" Washington, D.C., rally.
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    Eyes on the Prize

    Ain't Scared of Your Jails 1960-1961

    Monday
    Apr 12

    1 Hour

    Black students join in lunch-counter sit-ins; the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; CORE's Freedom Riders are attacked.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    No Easy Walk 1961-1963

    Monday
    Apr 12

    1 Hour

    An Albany, Ga., anti-segregation demonstration; Birmingham, Ala., Children's March; the "I Have a Dream" Washington, D.C., rally.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    Ain't Scared of Your Jails 1960-1961

    Monday
    Apr 12

    1 Hour

    Black students join in lunch-counter sit-ins; the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; CORE's Freedom Riders are attacked.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    No Easy Walk 1961-1963

    Monday
    Apr 12

    1 Hour

    An Albany, Ga., anti-segregation demonstration; Birmingham, Ala., Children's March; the "I Have a Dream" Washington, D.C., rally.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    Ain't Scared of Your Jails 1960-1961

    Monday
    Apr 12

    1 Hour

    Black students join in lunch-counter sit-ins; the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; CORE's Freedom Riders are attacked.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    No Easy Walk 1961-1963

    Monday
    Apr 12

    1 Hour

    An Albany, Ga., anti-segregation demonstration; Birmingham, Ala., Children's March; the "I Have a Dream" Washington, D.C., rally.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    Mississippi: Is This America? 1963-1964

    Sunday
    Apr 18

    1 Hour

    The right-to-vote battle within Mississippi, focusing on the murder of three civil rights workers and the Freedom Democratic Party.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    Bridge to Freedom 1965

    Sunday
    Apr 18

    1 Hour

    The civil rights movement begins to splinter despite the success of the 1965 march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    Mississippi: Is This America? 1963-1964

    Monday
    Apr 19

    1 Hour

    The right-to-vote battle within Mississippi, focusing on the murder of three civil rights workers and the Freedom Democratic Party.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    Bridge to Freedom 1965

    Monday
    Apr 19

    1 Hour

    The civil rights movement begins to splinter despite the success of the 1965 march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    Mississippi: Is This America? 1963-1964

    Monday
    Apr 19

    1 Hour

    The right-to-vote battle within Mississippi, focusing on the murder of three civil rights workers and the Freedom Democratic Party.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    Bridge to Freedom 1965

    Monday
    Apr 19

    1 Hour

    The civil rights movement begins to splinter despite the success of the 1965 march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    Mississippi: Is This America? 1963-1964

    Monday
    Apr 19

    1 Hour

    The right-to-vote battle within Mississippi, focusing on the murder of three civil rights workers and the Freedom Democratic Party.
  • Image
    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    Bridge to Freedom 1965

    Monday
    Apr 19

    1 Hour

    The civil rights movement begins to splinter despite the success of the 1965 march in Alabama from Selma to Montgomery.
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    Eyes on the Prize: TVSS: Banner-L1

    Eyes on the Prize

    The Time Has Come 1964-1966

    Sunday
    Apr 25

    1 Hour

    After a decade of seeking justice, civil rights leaders seek power; Malcolm X preaches nationalism.
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    Eyes on the Prize

    Two Societies 1965-1968

    Sunday
    Apr 25

    1 Hour

    Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference help civil rights leaders fight segregated housing in Chicago; the Kerner Commission finds America composed of separate, unequal black and white societies.
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    Eyes on the Prize

    The Time Has Come 1964-1966

    Monday
    Apr 26

    1 Hour

    After a decade of seeking justice, civil rights leaders seek power; Malcolm X preaches nationalism.
  • Image
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    Eyes on the Prize

    Two Societies 1965-1968

    Monday
    Apr 26

    1 Hour

    Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference help civil rights leaders fight segregated housing in Chicago; the Kerner Commission finds America composed of separate, unequal black and white societies.

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