Peabody Award Year: 1987
Producing Organization: Blackside, Inc.
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
"Eyes on the Prize" is a comprehensive compilation and analysis of the events comprising the American civil rights movement. It shows the movement in "big picture" terms as well as delving into specific occurrences such as the integration of Little Rock's Central High School. In doing so, the program shows us where we are as a country and how we got here. It takes two decades of turmoil and weaves a comprehensible tapestry that makes sense of it all. Viewers also see original footage of the stalwarts of the movement like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; his wife, Coretta Scott King; Andrew Young; James Bevel; and so many others who actually lived the events of the time. The result is that Henry Hampton and Blackside, Inc., have captured the spirit of history and made it real. For a masterful job of undertaking a large, complex subject and making it strikingly real for viewers, the Board awards a Peabody to Blackside, Inc. for "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years."
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