Segments in this Video

White Resistance (02:06)


Southern governors and legislatures resisted the 1954 Supreme Court desegregation of schools. Constance Baker Motley of the NAACP discusses the ruling.

First Black University Student (02:50)

When student protest overruled the admittance of Autherine Lucy to the Univ. of Alabama, Thurgood Marshall defended her case; Pres. Eisenhower supported gradualism.

Little Rock Controversy (03:25)

In 1957, nine Black teens were admitted to Little Rock Central High School. Gov. Orval Faubus called in the Arkansas Natl. Guard to prevent their attendance.

Little Rock Nine (02:51)

Elizabeth Eckford arrived alone and encountered an angry mob. The NAACP used her case to push for desegregation. Thurgood Marshall notes the state/federal conflict.

Arkansas Violence (03:31)

As State resistance to federal law spread in the south, Pres. Eisenhower tried to reason with Gov. Faubus. City police were unable to stop the mob from attacking black reporters.

Little Rock Central High School (03:24)

The Little Rock Nine were forcibly removed from the school; Pres. Eisenhower sent in federal troops to accompany them. Gov. Faubus and black students comment.

Changing Racial Attitudes? (03:26)

Personal guards accompanied the Little Rock Nine as they attended classes at Little Rock Central High. Hear positive comments from some of the school's white students.

"Warriors Don't Cry" (04:22)

Melba Pattillo begins her school day. The Little Rock Nine address the press. Minnijean Brown reacts to harassment in the lunchroom and is kicked out of school.

Graduation Day (03:44)

Ernest Green was the first black student to graduate from Little Rock Central High School. Gov. Faubus and the Gov. of Virginia closed down high schools to halt integration.

Schools Close Across the South (01:52)

In 1960 New Orleans, four black first grade students cause a riot by entering a white school. JFK makes a plea for civil rights.

James Meredith (03:17)

Meredith filed for admittance to the Univ. of Mississippi just as the Freedom Riders arrived. Gov. Ross Barnett and the White Citizens Council vowed resistance. Myrlie Evers describes her husband Medgar.

Admitted into the University of Mississippi (03:27)

Head of the State NAACP, Medgar Evers, won Meredith's case, resulting in a stand-off between President Kennedy and Gov. Barnett.

Testing States Rights (03:09)

Gov. Barnett turns Meredith away from the University of Mississippi. Meredith, accompanied by Justice Department officials, tries to register at Jackson; Barnett denies him again.

Constitutional Test (04:12)

In secret telephone negotiations, Gov. Barnett convinces Pres. Kennedy to wait to take action in Mississippi. Armed segregation supporters pour into the State.

Mississippi Riots (04:35)

Pres. Kennedy sends U.S. Marshals to protect Meredith as he enrolls at Ole Miss. Fights occur as Kennedy broadcasts his speech and rioters attack the media.

Symbol of Hope (03:21)

U.S. Army troops arrive in Mississippi and James Meredith is finally able to enroll at the University of Mississippi; Federal law is upheld.

Credits: Fighting Back 1957-1962: Eyes on the Prize—America's Civil Rights Movement 1954 - 1985 (02:48)

Credits: Fighting Back 1957-1962: Eyes on the Prize—America's Civil Rights Movement 1954 - 1985

Hampton's Insights (04:31)

Producer Henry Hampton discusses his motives for the film and quotes Frederick Douglass. Hampton remembers Emmett Till, Mose Wright, the Little Rock Nine, and James Meredith.

Morality Play (02:49)

Hampton discusses the media's role in bringing attention to the Civil Rights movement. He recalls the March to Selma.

Out of the South (02:53)

Hampton met resistance when raising money for "Eyes on the Prize Two." He discusses the second series' purpose.

Assassinations (00:52)

Hampton discusses the pain caused by Martin Luther King's and Bobby Kennedy's assassinations.

Truth and Heroes (00:49)

Hampton discusses the challenges of telling stories about historical people.

Transformation (01:06)

Hampton notes the Civil Rights Movement's impact on black society.

Surveillance (00:42)

Hampton reflects on the idea that civil rights participants were constantly being monitored.

Making History (00:43)

Hampton discusses his appreciation for those he contacted while working on the film.

Legacy (01:22)

Hampton discusses and reflects on his film's legacy and his hopes for the future.

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Fighting Back 1957–1962: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985

Part of the Series : Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985
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States’ rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School, and again in James Meredith’s 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi. Both times, a Southern governor squares off with a U.S. president, violence erupts—and integration is carried out.

Length: 75 minutes

Item#: BVL58633

Copyright date: ©1994

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