Eyes on the Prize: Season 1, Episode 1

Awakenings: 1954-1956 (21 Jan. 1987)

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The beginnings of the U.S. Civil rights struggle is profiled, including the Emmett Till murder trial and the Rosa Parks arrest/Montgomery bus boycott.



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Episode credited cast:
Ralph Abernathy ...
Unita Blackwell ...
Julian Bond ...
Roy Bryant ...
Himself - Accused Murderer of Emmett Till (archive footage)
Charles C. Diggs Jr. ...
Virginia Durr ...
James Eastland ...
Himself (archive footage)
Sam Engelhardt ...
Himself (archive footage)
Georgia Gilmore ...
James Hicks ...
William Bradford Huie ...
Coretta Scott King ...
Himself (archive footage)
Rufus Lewis ...
J.W. Milam ...
Himself - Accused Murderer of Emmett Till (archive footage)


The beginnings of the U.S. Civil rights struggle is profiled, including the Emmett Till murder trial and the Rosa Parks arrest/Montgomery bus boycott.

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The first episode of a very, very good mini-series.
11 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 first episode gives a very brief overview of the pervasiveness of lynchings and other mistreatment of Blacks in America. Then, most of the episode centers on two important events in the mid-1950s--the Emmett Till murder trial and the incident when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus--thus leading to the Montgomery bus boycott and the beginning of Martin Luther King's career as a civil rights leader. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that life for Blacks in America prior to the 50s is really not mentioned very much--and it seemed like they went through this a bit too quickly. Still, it was an otherwise excellent show--and well worth seeing.

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