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Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Movement is an American television series and 14-part documentary about the 20th-century civil rights movement in the United States. The documentary originally aired on the PBS network, and it also aired in the United Kingdom on BBC2. Created and executive produced by Henry Hampton at his film production company Blackside, and narrated by Julian Bond, the series uses archival footage, stills, and interviews by participants and opponents of the movement. The title of the series is derived from the title of the folk song "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize", which is used as the opening theme music in each episode.
|Eyes on the Prize|
|Also known as||Eyes on the Prize I|
Eyes on the Prize II
|Directed by||Orlando Bagwell|
Sheila Curran Bernard
James A. DeVinney
Madison D. Lacy
Samuel D. Pollard
Terry Kay Rockefeller
|Narrated by||Julian Bond|
|Opening theme||"Keep Your Eyes on the Prize"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Executive producer||Henry Hampton|
|Production location||United States|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original release||January 21, 1987 (1987-01-21) –|
March 5, 1990 (1990-03-05)
A total of 14 episodes of Eyes on the Prize were produced in two separate parts. The first part, Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years 1954–1965, chronicles the time period between the United States Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education (1954) to the Selma to Montgomery marches of 1965. It consists of six episodes, which premiered on January 21, 1987, and concluded on February 25, 1987. The second part, Eyes on the Prize II: America at the Racial Crossroads 1965–1985, chronicles the time period between the national emergence of Malcolm X during 1964 to the 1983 election of Harold Washington as the first African-American mayor of Chicago. It consists of eight episodes, which aired on January 15, 1990 and ended on March 5, 1990. The documentary was made widely available to educators on VHS tape. All 14 hours were re-released on DVD in 2006 by PBS.