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Produced by Blackside, 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. Winner of numerous Emmy Awards, a George Foster Peabody
Award, an International Documentary Award, and a Television Critics Association
Award, Eyes on the Prize is the most critically acclaimed documentary on civil
rights in America.
Eyes on the Prize recounts the fight to end decades of
discrimination and segregation. It is the story of the people - young and old,
male and female, northern and southern - who, compelled by a meeting of
conscience and circumstance, worked to eradicate a world where whites and
blacks could not go to the same school, ride the same bus, vote in the same
election, or participate equally in society. It was a world in which peaceful
demonstrators were met with resistance and brutality - in short, a reality that
is now nearly incomprehensible to many young Americans.
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by Blackside, Inc. and nationally broadcast on PBS, this comprehensive 14-part
television documentary series about the American Civil Rights Movement utilizes
rare historical film and interviews with participants from pivotal moments in
the struggle for civil rights. Users are required to log in to view
and stream the full collection of videos. Facing History also has an Eyes on the Prize study guide that provides
a framework for using the series in classrooms, important primary sources, and
guiding questions to help teachers bring the history of the civil rights
movement alive. Students may see themselves in the young people of the
movement who chose to participate, tapping into their own power to fight for
justice and equity.
Episode 1 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights
Movement" focuses on the early years of struggle for black freedom,
including the lynching of Emmett Till, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and the
formation of the SCLC.
Episode 3 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights
Movement" focuses on the participation of young people, including the
formation of SNCC, college students' participation in lunch counter sit-ins,
and the Freedom Rides.
Episode 4 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights
Movement" examines the emergence of mass demonstrations, documenting the
march of Alabama school children against the spray of fire hoses and the
historic 1963 March on Washington, DC.
Episode 5 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights
Movement" focuses on the extraordinary personal risks that citizens
faced as they assumed responsibility for social change, particularly during
the 1962-64 voting rights campaign in Mississippi.
Episode 1 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil
Rights Movement" focuses on the early years of struggle for black
freedom, including the lynching of Emmett Till, the Montgomery Bus Boycott,
and the formation of the SCLC.
Episode 3 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil
Rights Movement" focuses on the participation of young people, including
the formation of SNCC, college students' participation in lunch counter
sit-ins, and the Freedom Rides.
Episode 4 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil
Rights Movement" examines the emergence of mass demonstrations,
documenting the march of Alabama school children against the spray of fire
hoses and the historic 1963 March on Washington, DC.
Episode 5 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil
Rights Movement" focuses on the extraordinary personal risks that
citizens faced as they assumed responsibility for social change, particularly
during the 1962-64 voting rights campaign in Mississippi.
Episode 7 of "Eyes on the
Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" examines Malcolm X and his
influence, the struggle to develop new goals and create new strategies in the
post-voting rights era, and the call for "Black Power."
Episode 9 of "Eyes on the
Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" traces the political path to
power for Carl Stokes, the founding of the Black Panther Party, and the
education experiment in New York's Ocean Hill-Brownsville neighborhood.
Episode 10 of "Eyes on the
Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" illustrates connections between
the war in Vietnam and poverty in the US, analyzes the positions of Martin
Luther King Jr., and discusses King's assassination.
Episode 11 of "Eyes on the
Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" chronicles Muhammad Ali's
career, describes the movement at Howard University for black studies, and
documents the National Black Political Convention at Gary, Indiana.
Episode 12 of "Eyes on the
Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" examines the government's
response to the Black Panther Party in Chicago and the FBI's covert program
to disrupt and neutralize black organizations, including the Black Panthers.
Episode 13 of "Eyes on the
Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" describes the desegregation and
busing of Boston Public Schools, assesses the success of affirmative action
in Atlanta, and examines the case of medical student Alan Bakke.
Episode 14 of "Eyes on the
Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" contrasts Miami and Chicago in
the early 1980s, traces the election of Harold Washington as Chicago's first
black mayor, and explores themes of power and powerlessness.
14 episodes on 7 DVDs, 55 minutes
Source: PBS Video
comprehensive television documentary about the American Civil Rights Movement,
utilizing rare historical film and present-day interviews.
Disc 1: 1.
Awakenings (1954 - 1956)
Focuses on the Mississippi lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till and the
subsequent trial; Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott; the formation of
the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; and the entry of ordinary citizens
and local leaders into the black struggle for freedom
2. Fighting Back (1957 - 1962)
Traces the African American community's rejection of "separate but
equal" education, from the Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of
Education decision to the efforts of the first black high school and college
students to integrate white schools.
Disc 2: 3.
Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960 - 1961)
Chronicles the formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and
the participation of young people and college students in lunch counter sit-ins
and Freedom Rides, as well as the Civil Rights Movement's influence on the 1960
4. No Easy Walk (1962 - 66)
Examines the emergence of mass demonstrations and marches as a powerful form of
protest by documenting the anti-segregation march of Alabama school children
against the spray of fire hoses and the historic 1963 March on Washington,
Disc 3: 5.
Mississippi: Is This America? (1962 - 1964)
Focuses on the extraordinary personal risks that citizens faced as they assumed
responsibility for social change, particularly during the 1962-64 voting rights
campaign in Mississippi. The state became a testing ground of constitutional
principles as civil rights activists concentrated their energies on the right
to vote. White resistance to the sharing of political power clashed with the
strong determination of movement leaders to bring Mississippi blacks to the
ballot box. In Freedom Summer 1964, tension between white resistance and civil
rights activists reached its height in the tragic murder of three young civil
6. Bridge to Freedom (1965)
Opens with the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery and explores the drive to
make voting rights a national issue, examining ideological differences within
the movement and the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Disc 4: 7.
The Time Has Come (1964-1966)
Introduces the early 1960s African American community outside the
southern-based freedom movement. It describes the rise and transformation of
Malcolm X and his influence; demonstrates the movement's struggle to develop
new goals and create new strategies in the post-voting rights era; and examines
the context of the call for "Black Power."
8. Two Societies (1965-1968)
Explores the southern Civil Rights Movement's first attempt at organizing in
the North; presents the frustration and desire for change felt by black
residents of northern cities; looks at the 1967 uprising in Detroit; and
witnesses the end of an era for the Civil Rights Movement as President Johnson
turns his attention to other matters.
Disc 5: 9.
Traces the political path to power for Carl Stokes, describes the founding of
the Black Panther Party, and examines the education experiment in New York's
Ocean Hill-Brownsville section.
10. The Promised Land (1967-1968)
Illustrates connections between the war in Vietnam and the problem of poverty
in the United States, analyzes the controversial positions taken by Martin
Luther King, and discusses the assassination of King and the nationwide
reaction to his death.
Disc 6: 11.
Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More (1964-1972)
Chronicles Mohammed Ali's career, describes the student movement at Howard
University for Black Studies, and documents the events of the National Black
Political Convention at Gary, Indiana.
12. A Nation of Law (1968-1971)
Examines the government's response to the Black Panther Party in Chicago and
rebelling inmates at Attica Correctional Facility, chronicles the FBI's covert
program to disrupt and neutralize black organizations, and specifically
documents the activities of an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther
Disc 7: 13.
The Keys to the Kingdom (1974-1980)
Describes the desegregation and busing of Boston public schools following the
1974 court order, assesses the success of affirmative action in Atlanta,
Georgia, and examines the case of medical student Alan Bakke.
14. Back to the Movement (1979-mid
Contrasts the communities of Miami and Chicago in the early 1980s, traces the
election of Harold Washington to the position of Chicago's first black mayor,
and explores the themes of power and powerlessness.
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poet, and advocate
Alvin Ailey: choreographer
Andre Leon Talley: editor-at-large
for Vogue magazine, current contributing editor
Angela Davis: political
advocate, scholar, and author
Audre Lorde: author
Azealia Banks, musician
Bayard Rustin: chief
organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, advisor to Martin Luther King Jr.
Bessie Smith: blues
Bill T. Jones: artistic
director, choreographer and dancer
Countee Cullen: poet
Darryl Stevens: actor
Don Lemon: reporter
for CNN and news anchor
Doug Spearman: actor
E. Denise Simmons: mayor
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African American mayor in the United States
E. Lyn Harris: author
Emil Wilbekin: former
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Felicia "Snoop" Pearson: actress
Frenchie Davis: musician
Frank Ocean, musician
Glen Burke: Major
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Isis King: America's
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James Baldwin: author
Janet Mock, activist,
Jasika Nicole: actress
Jean-Michel Basquiat: artist
John Amaechi: former
Josephine Baker: dancer,
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June Jordan: author
Kevin Aviance: female
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Kylar Broadus, lawyer,
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LZ Granderson: ESPN.com
Langston Hughes: poet
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Laverne Cox: actress,
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Lee Daniels: film
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Linda Villaros: author,
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Ma Rainey: blues
Maurice Jamal: filmmaker
Meshell Ndegeocello: singer
Paris Barclay: television
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Patrik-Ian Polk: director,
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Roy Simmons: former
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Sheryl Swoopes: WNBA
Stacy Ann Chin: author
Tracy Chapman: singer
Wade Davis, former
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Throughout Black History
Month, schools and community centers around the country will be
screening the documentary film, Brother Outsider. The film chronicles the life of Bayard Rustin, an openly
gay African American man who worked for more than 50 years as an advocate and
strategist for various human rights initiatives. He most famously advised Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., and was the chief organizer of the 1963 March on
Washington for Jobs and Freedom where King made his infamous "I Have a Dream"
speech. Yet, because he was gay, Rustin's work and accomplishments were often
carried out behind the scenes, and his legacy remains less well known than that
of many of his contemporaries. Today, on the GLAAD blog, we are taking the time
to highlight the life of Bayard Rustin, as well as the lives of other 'brother
outsiders' from our history, who dealt with both racism and homophobia as they
paved the way for others.
Bayard Rustin was born in 1912 and grew up in West Chester,
Pennsylvania. He became involved with activist work after moving to New York in
his early twenties. Rustin joined countless organizations, both domestic and
international, throughout his life, and was committed to the pacifist teachings
of his Quaker upbringing. He was arrested and incarcerated many times in his
life for protesting war, racism in the South, and colonial rule in Africa,
among other reasons. While in India, Rustin embraced Gandhi's policy of
non-violence, a practice he persuaded Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and
participants in the Montgomery Bus Boycott to adopt.
Timeline Of The Civil Rights Movement
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia This is a timeline of the civil rights movement, a nonviolent freedom movement to gain legal equality and the enforcement of constitutional rights for African Americans.
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Timeline of African-American history
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The civil rights leader and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. aide, Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery has been promoted to Paradise at the age of 98. One famous expression of his: "We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back; when brown can stick around; when yellow will be mellow; when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right," Lowery prayed at President Barack Obama's inaugural benediction in 2009. To read more about Rev. Lowery Click Here. To hear the prayer he prayed at President Obama's Click Here. (3-28-20 11:24 a.m.)
See this documentary BLACK WALL STREET; Tulsa's Dirty Little Secret, CLICK HERE.
There were reports that white men flew airplanes above Greenwood, dropping kerosene bombs. "Tulsa was likely the first city" in the United States "to be bombed from the air," according to a 2001 report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. Read more of this article that appeared in the Washington Post CLICK HERE.
When the 13th amendment was ratified in 1865, its drafters left themselves a large, very exploitable loophole in the guise of an easily missed clause in its definition. That clause, which converts slavery from a legal business model to an equally legal method of punishment for criminals, is the subject of the Netflix documentary "13th." Premiering tonight at the New York Film Festival, "13th" is the first documentary to open the festival in its 54 year history. Director Ava DuVernay's takes an unflinching, well-informed and thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison industrial complex affects people of color. Her analysis could not be more timely nor more infuriating. The film builds its case piece by shattering piece, inspiring levels of shock and outrage that stun the viewer, leaving one shaken and disturbed before closing out on a visual note of hope designed to keep us on the hook as advocates for change.
13th is a 2016 American documentary by director Ava DuVernay. The film explores the "intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States;" it is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, adopted in 1865, which abolished slavery throughout the United States and ended involuntary servitude except as a punishment for conviction of a crime.
DuVernay contends that slavery has been perpetuated since the end of the American Civil War through criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; politicians declaring a war on drugs that weighs more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States. She examines the prison-industrial complex and the emerging detention-industrial complex, discussing how much money is being made by corporations from such incarcerations.
To read a great tribute article and see a short film tribute to Congressman John Lewis in the Washington Post Click Here.
(1924-1987) American writer and activist.
James Baldwin was born the in Harlem, New York and was the eldest of nine children. As a youth Baldwin was verbally abused by his stepfather who often referred to him as the “ugliest child he had ever seen.” Baldwin attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, where he felt what he described as the “stigma of being Negro”. After graduating high school he worked a series of low paying jobs to support his siblings. As a youth Baldwin began to feel stifled by being both an African American in a racist society, and a gay man in the homophobic African American community. In 1948 at the age of 24 Baldwin decided to move to France to escape his unfortunate predicaments. While in France Baldwin became an avid writer and poet. With the encouragement and constant support of his best friend and lover Lucien Happersberger, he was able to publish a number of poems and novels. In 1956, Baldwin’s novel Giovanni’s Room, which told the story of a white man torn between his love for a man and a woman, brought him critical acclaim as a powerful American writer. Baldwin’s greatest influence on the life of his times stemmed from his numerous essay collections: Notes of a Native Son (1955), Nobody Knows My Name (1960), and The Fire Next Time (1963). Aside from literature, Baldwin was against the Vietnam War and an outspoken advocate of Gay and Lesbian Rights. He also made valuable contributions to the African American Civil Rights Movement. Source: Gender And Sexuality Sudent Services of the University Of Illinois Springfield. Visit their web site Click Here.
CATHOLIC SISTERS MARCHED IN SELMA ON ALL THREE STARTS OF THE MARCH in 1965.
Here is one article about the second march, March 10, 1965.
When six Catholic nuns from St. Louis boarded a chartered plane headed for Selma, Alabama, in the early morning hours of March 10, 1965, they had no idea they were about to change their own destinies and the lives of many American women religious. Traveling with 48 other men and women from a variety of faith traditions, the sisters were scheduled to join hundreds of demonstrators in a voting rights’ march scheduled for later that morning in Selma. Clothed in their floor-length, traditional habits of black serge wool and veils, the nuns were swarmed by the media and their photographs and subsequent interviews filled the front pages of many national newspapers, providing the lead story for national television networks over the next few days.
In reality, the sisters and those they marched with walked only about a block that day before they were stopped by Alabama troopers and a sheriff’s posse; but that short walk helped propel American Catholic sisters into a new era that forever changed the face of religious life and would inevitably redefine how sisters understood and acted upon social justice issues for the rest of the century.
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MORE SISTERS OF SELMA
To commemorate women’s history month and the 50th anniversary of the marches from Selma to Montgomery that helped reform voting rights, the Special Collections Research Center at Morris Library is showing the film, Sisters of Selma: Bearing Witness for Change to commemorate women’s history month and the 50-year anniversary of the marches from Selma to Montgomery that helped reform voting rights,. This film will be shown on March 24th at 6:00 P.M. in the Hall of Presidents and Chancellors at SIU Carbondale’s Morris Library.
March 25, 2015, marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Selma. To commemorate this event, one of the “Sisters of Selma” Antona Ebo will address the SIU community here in Morris Library. Sister Mary Antona Ebo is a legendary trailblazer. Complementing her lifetime career in health services, Sister Antona gained national recognition for her pioneering efforts in civil rights as a black Catholic nun. The image of her marching in 1965 in Selma, Alabama became an icon during the struggle for voting rights. This event will include remarks from Father Joseph Brown, professor of Africana Studies at SIU Carbondale, songs by the Voices of Inspiration and the Africana Theater Lab, and a lecture by Sister Antona. March 25th at 2:00 P.M., in Third Floor Rotunda in Morris Library. Continue reading Click Here.
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March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: 1963 Archival Footage. The chief organizer of this historic event was a gay man, Bayard Rustin. See the window below this one for more information about Mr. Rustin. This March on Washington video was promoted by the SALT project. Here is their introduction: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here's a lovely two-minute immersion in amazing archival footage from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. No doubt Dr. King would want us to remember and celebrate all the people who made the march possible - inspiring us 57 years later to keep working, marching, and fighting for jobs, freedom, equal rights, liberation, inclusivity, and a world where Black lives truly matter.
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