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Eyes on the Prize Screenings: Awakenings, Mississippi: Is This America?, Bridge to Freedom

Saturday, February 25, 2017

11 am–2 pm

The first part of the daylong screening of Eyes on the Prize features three episodes of the series, inquiring into cases from 1954 through 1965:

Awakenings (1954–1956) (Judith Vecchione, 1987, 55 min.)
The first episode chronicles the murder of Emmett Till in Mississippi and the Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama.

Mississippi: Is This America? (1963–1964) (Orlando Bagwell, 1987, 55 min.)
Investigates the murders of Medgar Evers, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner in Mississippi, and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) attendance at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City during the US presidential election of 1964.

Bridge to Freedom (1965) (Callie Crossley and James A. DeVinney, 1987, 55 min.)
Nominated for an Academy Award in 1988 for Best Documentary Feature, this episode examines the effort to restore voting rights in Alabama during the Selma to Montgomery marches.

Part of Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Eyes on the Prize, presented in partnership with the Ford Foundation. Free admission courtesy of the Ford Foundation, but please RSVP