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Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads.

8 parts. 60 min. ea. Part 1, The Time Has Come, 1964-1966. During the decade of civil rights protest in the South, a sense of urgency and anger emerged from the black communities in the North. This urgency was best articulated by Malcolm X, then National Minister of the Nation of Islam. Viewers follow the trajectory of Malcolm X's influence, both within the movement and outside. The program shows the influence of his philosophy on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as they organized the Lowndes County Freedom Organization in Alabama and as they issued the call for "Black power" during the 1966 Meredith March Against Fear in Mississippi. :1 pt. 1 Part 2, Two societies, 1965-1968. This program explores the civil rights movement's first attempt at organizing in the north, as Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference go to Chicago. Their strategies come up against the powerful political machinery of Mayor Richard Daley. Also looks at the 1967 uprising in Detroit as blacks and the police clash on city streets. :2 Pt. 2 Part 3, Power! 1967-1968. Out of the ashes of the urban rebellions, blacks look for new ways to take control of their communities. This program explores the political path to power for Carl Stokes, the nation's first black mayor of a major city. It also describes the founding of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, Calif., and the struggle of black and Hispanic parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., to improve their children's education through community control of the schools. :3 Pt. 3 Part 4, The Promised Land, 1967-1968. Moved by the increasing level of poverty, Dr. Martin Luther King, in the final year of his life, began to organize a Poor People's Campaign, a march of the poor to Washington, D.C., where they would erect Resurrection City to embarrass and motivate a reluctant government. On April 4, 1968, Dr. King was assassinated. Soon after its construction, Resurrection City was shut down, marking the end of a chapter of the civil rights movement. :4 Pt. 4 Part 5, Ain't Gonna Shuffle No More, 1964-1972. Program illustrates the pervasiveness of the black consciousness movement throughout the country in the mid-1960s and early 1970s. Describes the student movement at Howard University for black studies and explores the "coming of age" of black politicians and political activists through a description of the National Black Political Convention at Gary, Indiana. Uses Cassius Clay, who wanted to be called by his new Islamic name, Muhammad Ali, as an example of blacks rejecting old stereotypes and gaining a new sense of pride. :5 Pt. 5 Part 6, A Nation of Law? 1968-1971. By the late 1960's, the anger in the poorer urban areas over charges of police brutality was smoldering. In Chicago, Fred Hampton formed a Black Panther Party chapter, at a time when police surveillance of movement activists was increasing. During this same period, inmates at New York's Attica prison took over the prison in an effort to publicize intolerable conditions. :6 Pt. 6 Part 7, The Keys to the Kingdom, 1974-1980. Examines the relationship between law and popular struggle. In Boston, black parents organized to improve their children's education. In Atlanta, Mayor Maynard Jackson, the city's first black mayor, tries to guarantee black involvement in the construction of Atlanta's airport. :7 Pt. 7 Examines two cities ; one in the south the other in the north. In Miami, Florida, viewers witness the destruction of a black community by urban renewal, highway construction, and finally, riots. In the North, we see how Harold Washington gets elected as Chicago's first black mayor. Ends with a look back at the people who made the civil rights movement a force for change.

See also:
Separate bibliography of books and articles about this film
Description of series from the Encyclopedia of Television
Full-text reviews from ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries
Williams, Juan. Eyes on the prize: America's Civil rights Years, 1954-1965 / Juan Williams ; with the Eyes on the prize production team; introduction by Julian Bond. New York, NY: Viking, 1987. UCB Main KF4757 .W521 1987; UCB Moffitt KF4757 W52 1987
Interview with Juan Williams ] 6 parts. 60 min ea.
:8 Pt. 8Part 8, Back to the Movement, 1979-1983.