Eyes on the Prize: Season 1, Episode 3

Ain't Scared of Your Jails: 1960-1961 (4 Feb. 1987)

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From PBS - Beginning in 1960, young people on Black college campuses took a more active role in the civil rights movement's leadership and determined their own methods of promoting change.



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Episode credited cast:
Julian Bond ...
James Farmer ...
James Lawson ...
Leo Lillard ...
Burke Marshall ...
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. ...
Bernie Schweid ...
John Seigenthaler ...
Robert Shackney ...
Ben West ...
Himself (archive footage)
Harris Wofford ...


The movement toward equality continues as oppressed African-Americans and sympathetic whites now having broken down segregation on both city buses and in public schools now turn their attention toward lunch counters. Students, schooled in non-violence, stage sit-ins at segregated lunch counters not only face violent mobs but have to engineer a plan to work around police procedure in order to keep the protests going. Meanwhile, groups of young people engineer a plan to ride interstate buses into the deep south to educated poor blacks in their rights and to make sure that they are being treated fairly. The arrival of the Freedom Riders is met by violent mobs sanctioned by local officials and law enforcement. As the violence continues, President Kennedy himself at odds with local politicians who are dead-set on not protecting the riders who are being brutalized. Written by Jerry Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>

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Good, but some of the material was covered a bit better by another PBS series.
13 May 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Eyes on the Prize" is an exceptional series--mostly because instead of the typical hour or half hour documentary, it's VERY thorough and very detailed---covering not just an event but the civil rights movement from 1954 through 1965--and a LOT happened during that time. This isn't surprising, as PBS has made tons of interesting and well-crafted documentaries over the years.

This particular episode of the mini-series has to do with the sit-ins as well as the freedom riders of the early 1960s. I'd seen an episode of "The American Experience" ("Freedom Riders (#23.12)"--also from PBS) about the freedom riders and I thought it much more detailed and compelling. However, it's still important and enlightening--and well worth your time.

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