Eyes on the Prize

(Rochester, NY) – WXXI is bringing back Eyes on the Prize, the iconic history series on race in America. The 14-part series will begin airing Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-WORLD (21.2/cable 1275).

For the first time, Eyes on the Prize I, the first six episodes of the two-part series, also will be available for catch-up streaming, free and for a limited time beginning April 10th, following the broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including WORLDChannel.org, PBS.org and the PBS Video app. WXXI members can also view Eyes on the Prize I via PBS Passport. WORLD Channel and PBS will host national online events to discuss themes in the series and connect audiences to how those themes impact our society today.

Eyes on the Prize II will air on WORLD Channel with two episodes on four consecutive Sundays: April 25, May 2, 9, and 16 at 9 p.m. (EST). 

Eyes on the Prize, created by Executive Producer Henry Hampton, is an award-winning and critically-acclaimed in-depth documentary series on civil rights in America. Hampton set out to share his vision of what he called “the remarkable human drama that was the Civil Rights Movement” through the experiences and challenges of those fighting for justice. Produced by Blackside Inc, Eyes on the Prize tells the definitive story of the Civil Rights era from the point of view of the ordinary men and women whose extraordinary actions launched a movement that changed the fabric of American life and embodied a struggle whose reverberations continue to be felt today. 

With contemporary interviews and historical footage, the Academy Award-nominated documentary traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act; from early acts of individual courage through the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions. The late Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist, narrates. 

Eyes on the Prize won numerous awards including the duPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award, Peabody Awards in 1988 and 1991, and it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. 

Photo: Rosa Parks sits in the front of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, after the Supreme Court ruled segregation illegal on the city bus system on December 21st, 1956. 
Credit: © Bettmann/CORBIS




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