Eyes on the Prize — “Indispensable”

Did you know that William Bradford Huie was interviewed for the award-winning documentary series, Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1985?

The archive of the project is housed at Washington University in St. Louis.  Read the transcript of Huie’s interview, which is part of their Digital Gateway here. If you haven’t seen it, you really should. Time Magazine called it “Indispensable” — a critical tool to learn about the complexities of the Movement.  Eyes on the Prize was recently re-run on PBS’s American Experience. A wealth of information about the series is available on the PBS site.

From American Experience: Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning 14-hour television series produced by Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954-1985.

Series topics range from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954 to the Voting Rights Act in 1965; from community power in schools to “Black Power” in the streets; from early acts of individual courage through to the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions.

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.

Eyes on the Prize was created and executive produced by Henry Hampton (1940-1998), one of the most influential documentary filmmakers in the 20th century. His work chronicled America’s great political and social movements and set new standards for broadcast quality. Blackside, the independent film and television company he founded in 1968, completed 60 major films and media projects that amplified the voices of the poor and disenfranchised. His enduring legacy continues to influence the field in the 21st century.”

A book of the same title was published in 1988 by Juan Williams, was written as a print accompaniment to the first season of the series.  This was Williams’ first book. Juan Williams also happened to pen the Afterword to one of Huie’s books, Three Lives for Mississippi, which was featured on an earlier post. Three Lives for Mississippi is available in print from The University Press of Mississippi, and is also available through Amazon to download on your Kindle.