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Eyes on the Prize

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 20, 2014

The landmark civil rights TV series Eyes on the Prize is available on YouTube. Here’s the first part:

I watched it a few years ago and cannot recommend it more highly.

Using nothing more than archival film footage, on-camera interviews, period music, and a narrator’s voiceover, the stories of Emmitt Till, the Montgomery bus boycott, and the desegregation of southern schools riveted me to the couch like few viewing experiences have. As compelling as the history of the civil rights movement in America is, the production of the film deserves some of the credit for its power. To hear the stories of these momentous events told by the participants themselves, without embellishment, is quite extraordinary.

That YT link likely won’t last, so check it out on DVD or at Amazon Instant Video. (via @tcarmody)

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