Ever since I stumbled across the Autobiography of Malcolm X as a high school senior, I’ve been interested in the Civil Rights Movement. There is no better way to understand this rich and important part of United States history than by watching the PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize. Recently converted to DVD, this award-winning series explores this fascinating history from the 1950’s through the 1970’s. The visceral images of brave civil rights leaders, the inspirational mass marches, and the violent brutality that sought to continue Jim Crow will shock many of those born after much of the civil rights movement had ended. This is a must see for anyone interested in the history of the United States.
Eyes on the prize [videorecording] : America's civil rights movement