Eyes on the Prize

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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.[1] 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.

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Eyes on the Prize
Also known asEyes on the Prize I
Eyes on the Prize II
GenreDocumentary film
Directed byOrlando Bagwell
Sheila Curran Bernard
Callie Crossley
James A. DeVinney
Madison D. Lacy
Louis Massiah
Thomas Ott
Samuel D. Pollard
Terry Kay Rockefeller
Jacqueline Shearer
Paul Stekler
Judith Vecchione
Narrated byJulian Bond
Opening theme"Keep Your Eyes on the Prize"
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes14
Executive producerHenry Hampton
Production locationUnited States
EditorsLillian Benson
Betty Ciccarelli
Daniel Eisenberg
Jeanne Jordan
Thomas Ott
Charles Scott
Running time60 minutes
Production companyBlackside
Original networkPBS
Original releaseJanuary 21, 1987 (1987-01-21) 
March 5, 1990 (1990-03-05)

The series won a number of Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards, and was nominated for an Oscar.

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.