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Eyes on the prize : America's civil rights years. Episode 1, Awakenings, 1954-1956

Author: Judith VecchioneJulian BondHenry HamptonJon ElseSteve FayerAll authors
Publisher: Alexandria, Va. : PBS Video, [2000], ©1986.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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First in a six-part documentary series on the American civil rights movement. This episode focuses on the catalytic events of 1954-1956. The Mississippi lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till led to a widely publicized trial where a couragous black man took the stand accused two white men of murder. In Montogomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to yield her bus seat to a white man. JoAnn Robinson, and the Woman's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Emmett Till; Rosa Parks; Martin Luther King, Jr.; JoAnn Robinson; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Rosa Parks; JoAnn Robinson; Emmett Till
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Judith Vecchione; Julian Bond; Henry Hampton; Jon Else; Steve Fayer; PBS Video.; WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.); Blackside, Inc.; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
OCLC Number: 48446640
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Presented by WGBH. Produced by Blackside, Inc., Boston, Mass.
Originally broadcast on PBS.
Credits: Concept/executive producer, Henry Hampton ; series producer, Jon Else ; series writer, Steve Fayer ; camera, Jon Else ... [et al.] ; editor, Daniel Eisenberg.
Performer(s): Narrator, Julian Bond.
Description: 1 videocassette (59 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 1/2 in. + 1 series guide ([16] p. : ill. ; 30 cm.)
Details: VHS format.
Other Titles: America's civil rights years
Awakenings, 1954-1956
Responsibility: produced and directed by Judith Vecchione.

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First in a six-part documentary series on the American civil rights movement. This episode focuses on the catalytic events of 1954-1956. The Mississippi lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till led to a widely publicized trial where a couragous black man took the stand accused two white men of murder. In Montogomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to yield her bus seat to a white man. JoAnn Robinson, and the Woman's Political Council, along with the local black leadership, called for a bus boycott that lasted more than a year. The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., 26 years old, became the leader of the boycott, and and the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ruled that the segregated bus system was unconstitutional. Ordinary citizens and local leaders began to join the black struggle for freedom. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was formed. In response, many white southerners closed ranks in opposition to the burgeoning black rights movement. Racial discrimination finally became a political issue.

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