Fighting Back 1957-1962
Eyes on the Prize is a 14-hour documentary series about the African-American Civil Rights Movement. The series was produced in two-stages: Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954â€“1964 consists of the first six episodes covering the time period between the Brown v. Board decision and the Selma to Montgomery marches. It was broadcast in 1987 on PBS. The remaining 8 episodes make up Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads 1965â€“1985 which was broadcast on PBS in 1990.
The series uses archival footage to record the growth of the civil rights movement in the United States, with special focus on the ordinary people who effected the change. It was created and executive-produced by Henry Hampton at Blackside, Inc.
The series has been hailed as more than just a historical document. Clayborne Carson, a Stanford University history professor and editor of the published papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., remarked that "it is the principal film account of the most important American social justice movement of the 20th century". Because of its extensive use of primary sources and in-depth coverage of the material, it has been adopted as a key reference and record of the civil rights movement.
It has also seen extensive use in schools and other educational settings as a way to convey the experiences and history of that period in the struggle for civil rights.
The title of the series is derived from the song "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize", which is used in each episode as the opening theme music.