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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.

**These DVD's are available from many sources including PBS.Org ,www.facinghistory.org, Vimeo, and on YouTube.

Stream the Eyes on the Prize Video Collection

Produced 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.

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Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings (1954 - 1956)

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.

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Eyes on the Prize: Fighting Back (1957-1962)

Episode 2 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" traces the African American community's rejection of "separate but equal" education.

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Eyes on the Prize: Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)

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.

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Eyes on the Prize: No Easy Walk (1962 - 1966)

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.

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Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964)

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.

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Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings (1954-1956)

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.

https://www.facinghistory.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/brightcove_thumbnail/1513023957001_5852445638001_5851862196001-vs.jpg?itok=yik3USfa

Eyes on the Prize: Fighting Back (1957-1962)

Episode 2 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" traces the African American community's rejection of "separate but equal" education.

https://www.facinghistory.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/brightcove_thumbnail/1513023957001_5852476701001_5851862706001-vs.jpg?itok=6a3VsBQZ

Eyes on the Prize: Ain't Scared of Your Jails (1960-1961)

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.

https://www.facinghistory.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/brightcove_thumbnail/1513023957001_5969120869001_5851941909001-vs.jpg?itok=12Ym5Wr4

Eyes on the Prize: No Easy Walk (1962 - 1966)

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.

https://www.facinghistory.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/brightcove_thumbnail/1513023957001_5851945302001_5851945387001-vs.jpg?itok=1RwArOET

Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi: Is This America? (1962-1964)

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.

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Eyes on the Prize: Bridge to Freedom (1965)

Episode 6 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" opens with the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery and explores the drive to make voting rights a national issue.

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Eyes on the Prize: The Time Has Come (1964 - 1966)

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."

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Eyes on the Prize: Two Societies (1965-1968)

Episode 8 of "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement" explores the civil rights movement in northern cities, including the 1967 uprising in Detroit.

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Eyes on the Prize: Power! (1966-1968)

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.

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Eyes on the Prize: The Promised Land (1967-1968)

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.

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Eyes on the Prize: Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More (1964 - 1972)

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.

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Eyes on the Prize: A Nation of Law (1968-1971)

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.

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Eyes on the Prize: The Keys to the Kingdom (1974 - 1980)

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.

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Eyes on the Prize: Back to the Movement (1979-mid 1980s)

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 each
Source: PBS Video

A 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 presidential campaign.

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, DC. 

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 rights workers.

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. Power! (1966-1968)
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 Party.

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 1980s)
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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June 19 is Juneteenth. Two and one half years after the Emancipation Proclamation became law on January 1, 1863 there were still African - American slaves in the United States.  They were set free on June 19, 1865.  Read more about this here:  click here.

FAMOUS AND NOTABLE LGBT AFRICAN AMERICAN PEOPLE.  This list was made by GLAAD and can be seen here www.glaad.org/publications/blackhistorymonthkit

Alice Walker: author, poet, and advocate
Alvin Ailey: 
choreographer and advocate
Andre Leon Talley: 
editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, current contributing editor
Angela Davis: 
political advocate, scholar, and author
Audre Lorde: 
author and advocate
Azealia Banks, 
musician
Bayard Rustin: 
chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, advisor to Martin Luther King Jr.
Bessie Smith: 
blues singer
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 of Cambridge, Massachusetts, during the 2008-2009 term, first openly lesbian African American mayor in the United States
E. Lyn Harris: 
author
Emil Wilbekin: 
former openly gay Editor-in-Chief of Vibe Magazine, current managing editor of Essence.com
Felicia "Snoop" Pearson: 
actress
Frenchie Davis: 
musician
Frank Ocean, 
musician
Glen Burke: 
Major League Baseball player
Isis King: 
America's Next Top Model contestant
James Baldwin: 
author
Janet Mock, 
activist, author
Jasika Nicole: 
actress
Jean-Michel Basquiat: 
artist
John Amaechi:
 former NBA player
Josephine Baker: 
dancer, singer, and actress
June Jordan: 
author
Kevin Aviance: 
female impressionist and entertainer
Kylar Broadus, 
lawyer, first trans-identified person to testify before Congress 
LZ Granderson: 
ESPN.com columnist
Langston Hughes: 
poet and social advocate
Laverne Cox: 
actress, producer and transgender advocate
Lee Daniels: 
film producer and director
Linda Villaros: 
author, journalist and public speaker
Ma Rainey: 
blues singer
Maurice Jamal: 
filmmaker and director
Meshell Ndegeocello: 
singer
Paris Barclay: 
television director and producer
Patrik-Ian Polk: 
director, producer, screenwriter, singer and actor
Roy Simmons: 
former NFL player
RuPaul: 
actor, drag queen and singer-songwriter
Sheryl Swoopes: 
WNBA player
Stacy Ann Chin: 
author and poet
Tracy Chapman: 
singer
Wade Davis, 
former NFL player
Wanda Sykes: 
actress and comedian

Bayard Rustin

By Dani Heffernan, Senior Media Strategist at GLAAD | 

February 13, 2012

https://www.glaad.org/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/bayardrustin_4.jpg?itok=paR9HXg3Throughout 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
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