Wow, just finished watching episode 14 (the final) of Eyes on the Prize. When I tell people it’s a 14 part doco they think it must be long and tedious. However is it has flown past too quickly, and I’ll be re-watching a few episodes. This series is incredible and I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in human rights or the civil rights movement, or social movements in general.
Notable personalities and stories in the series include:
- The amazing Fannie Lou Hamer
- Medgar Evers, helped the prosecution pursue the murderers of Emmett Till. He also helped desegregate the University of Mississippi, and was murdered by a KKK member outside his house
- Huey Newton, charismatic co-founder of the Black Panther Party
- Fred Hampton, the young Chicago Black Panther who was murdered by the police
- and of course, Dr King