Documentary Series: Eyes on the Prize & Discussions
See episodes of Eyes on the Prize, an award-winning television series produced by Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond, over 7 weeks, September12-October 24. Each weekly screening will be followed by a moderated discussion.
Today: "Awakenings," Episode 1. 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. MODERATOR: Harold Bailey, TEAM Westport chairman
Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985. When Eyes on the Prize premiered in 1987, The Los Angeles Times called it "an exhaustive documentary that shouldn't be missed." The series went on to win six Emmys and numerous other awards, including an Academy Award nomination, the George Foster Peabody Award, and the top duPont-Columbia award for excellence in broadcast journalism.
On Tuesday, October 22 (rescheduled from October 30), at 7 pm, hear Yohuru Williams, Ph.D. discuss the Civil Rights Movement—then and now. Dr. Williams is the chair and professor of History and director of Black Studies at Fairfield University, and is a nationally recognized expert on civil rights and a published author.
Co-sponsored with TEAM Westport.