Review: Eyes on the Prize

Program: American Experience Eyes on the Prize
Air dates: Part 1 April 1 at 8 p.m.; Part 2 April 8 at 8 p.m.; Part 3 April 15 at 8 p.m.

Program Web site:  pbs.org/eyesontheprize/

Eyes on the Prize premiered on PBS and on KLRU in 1987.  This groundbreaking first season of Eyes on the Prize will return in April 2010.  Six one-hour episodes will air on Thursday nights: April 1, 8 & 15 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on KLRU-TV.

Eyes on the Prize remains the definitive documentary series exploring the civil rights movement.  It portrays the story of ordinary people who took extraordinary measures to create a social movement.  The television series is one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries on civil rights in America.  Eyes on the Prize has won six Emmy Awards and numerous other awards including the top DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, Eyes on the Prize traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act; from early acts of individual courage to the mass demonstrations.  Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist narrates the series.

Many of us are familiar with civil rights leaders such as Rose Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Many of us are familiar with “Freedom Riders” and the March on Washington, D. C.  Yet there are many other events and individuals that have been captured in the Eyes on the Prize series.  And here is an exceptional way to become familiar with many more of the participants and events that defined the civil rights movement.

Please be sure to join KLRU for the presentation of Eyes on the Prize beginning Thursday, April 1st.

— Maria Rodriguez

About the reviewer: Maria Rodriguez is KLRU’s Sr. VP of Broadcasting.