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Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years.

A comprehensive history of the people, the stories, the events, and the issues of the civil rights struggle in America. Presents behind-the-scenes insights into such major events as the Montgomery bus boycott, the March on Washington, and the march from Selma to Montgomery. Part 1, Awakenings, 1954-1956. This first episode of six discusses the history of segregation in the U.S., focusing on the South, and the impact of the 1954 Supreme Court decision against segregation in Brown vs Board of Education. Highlighted is the Emmett Till murder case and Rosa Parks and the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott. :1 pt. 1 Part 2, Fighting Back 1957-1962. Focuses on segregation in education in the southern United States. It highlights two specific tests of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1954 against segregation - the case of the Little Rock Nine in 1957 (the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas), and James Meredith's enrollment as the first black at the University of Mississippi in 1962. :2 Pt. 2 Part 3, Ain't Scared of Your Jails 1960-1961. Focuses on two major events involving students in the civil rights struggle - the lunch counter sit-ins in the south (particularly Nashville, Tennessee) and the Freedom Riders trip from Washington D.C. to Mississippi. Included in the program is the formation of the Student Nonviolent Coordination Committee and the importance it played in these events. :3 Pt. 3 Part 4, No Easy Walk, 1962-66. Depicts three major movements. Retells the stories of three cities involved in the civil rights movement: the Albany, Ga. police chief and Martin Luther King, Jr. each tested out the strategy of nonviolence in their own way, Birmingham, Ala. where children marched against fire water hoses, and Washington, D.C. where black and white, young and old, north and south came together to march on the nation's capital. :4 Pt. 4 Part 5, Mississippi, Is This America? Focuses on the continuing civil rights struggle in Mississippi. The story covers the voter registration drive during Freedom Summer in 1964 when students and others from the north came to Mississippi to implement black participation in the political process. Also includes the formation of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and their unsuccessful attempt to sit in at the 1964 Democatic Party convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. :5 Pt. 5 Part 6, Bridge to Freedom 1965. Covers the push for black voting rights in Alabama and nationally. The division within the civil rights movement between the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) grows, particularly in their approach to the Selma-Montgomery Freedom March in 1965. That same year sees the National Voting Rights Act signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. :6 Pt. 6