Segments in this Video

Selma, Alabama 1965 (02:57)


MLK receives the Nobel Peace Prize. Some, like Malcolm X, question a non-violence tactic. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee met resistance to their Selma voter registration efforts.

Black Voter Registration (03:04)

SNCC and the Southern Christian Leadership launch a unified voter registration effort in January, 1965. Mayor Smitherman tries to restrain the aggressive Sheriff Jim Clark.

Pushing Legislation (01:27)

Black citizens wait in long lines to register to vote. Pres. Johnson wants the Voters Rights Act passed; AG Katzenbach doubts its success.

Risking Employment (02:11)

Sheriff Clark arrests Amelia Boynton; 105 local teachers march in protest. Clark aggressively restricts their entry into the courthouse.

1965 Teachers March (01:04)

The march was the first black middle class demonstration in Selma. Sheyann Webb and Rachel West recall their participation. The teachers inspired other trade groups to march.

February, 1965 (04:14)

Reverend C.T. Vivian confronts Sheriff Clark at the courthouse. Clark and Vivian discuss the confrontation. MLK calls on the Selma leadership to take responsibility for Sheriff Clark's actions

March in Marion, Alabama (02:39)

Reporter Richard Valerian recalls reporters and marches being harassed during the march. An Alabama State Trooper shot and killed Jimmie Lee Jackson; MLK gave his eulogy.

March From Selma to Montgomery (02:11)

John Lewis and Rev. James Bevel recall the anger and grief over Jackson's death. SCLC posed a symbolic march in protest of Jackson's death.

Edmund Pettus Bridge (02:38)

Governor George Wallace ordered State Troopers to stop the 600 marchers, led by John Lewis and Hosea Williams. Sherriff Clark and his posse waited on the sidelines.

Bloody Sunday (03:33)

Sheyann Webb and Rev. Andrew Young recall the violence and aggression at Edmund Pettus Bridge. The church became a hospital where Young counseled passive resistance.

Edmund Pettus Bridge Media Coverage (01:59)

Gov. Wallace reprimanded law enforcement officers; Mayor Smitherman regrets the media coverage. AG Katzenbach and Senator Yarborough condemn the violence.

Supporting Black Voters (03:27)

Blacks and whites from all over the country came to Selma in support of voter registration. Despite a judicial injunction, MLK gave in to SNCC pressure and participated in the march.

March 9, 1965 (04:38)

2,000 marchers attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge; MLK turned them around. Rev. Orloff Miller recalls James Reeb's murder; it sparked a national outcry, Stokely Carmichael shares his thoughts.

Passive Resistance (02:37)

Jimmy Webb and his group break free of the barricade around Brown Chapel. Deputy Sheriff Crocker confronts Webb. Director of Public Safety, Wilson Baker turns the group around.

We Shall Overcome (03:56)

On March 13, 1965, Gov. Wallace asks President Johnson for troops to ensure the marchers' protection. Johnson asks Congress for a comprehensive Voting Rights Bill.

Violence in Montgomery (02:28)

State Troopers beat SNCC members as they try to confront Gov. Wallace. James Forman urges the governor's arrest. MLK announces Judge Johnson's rule about the march from Selma to Montgomery.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Leads the Third March (02:23)

Johnson federalized the Alabama National Guard; they accompanied the 3,200 people marching from Selma to Montgomery.

March to Montgomery (02:57)

Sheriff Clark shares his opinions about the march. Hear comments from participants. Stokely Carmichael used the march to organize what would become the Black Panthers.

Selma to Montgomery (03:49)

Rev. Andrew Young recalls trying to protect MLK. 25,000 marchers arrive at the Montgomery capitol. John Lewis and Coretta Scott King share their experience. Hear King's celebratory speech.

Voting Rights Bill (00:33)

On Aug. 6, 1965, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Bill into law. Five days later, racial violence explodes in Watts Area, CA.

Credits: Bridge to Freedom 1965: Eyes on the Prize—America's Civil Rights Movement 1954 - 1985 (02:42)

Credits: Bridge to Freedom 1965: Eyes on the Prize—America's Civil Rights Movement 1954 - 1985

Miracle of the Civil Rights Movement (00:57)

Series producer, Henry Hampton discusses how African-Americans permanently altered their destiny during the Civil Rights Movement

Inspiration (01:29)

Hampton explains how Frederick Douglass inspired him to create the series.

Kids My Age (02:06)

Hampton shares his first memory of civil rights involving Emmett Till and Mose Wright. He reflects on the price children paid during the Civil Rights Movement.

Morality Play (02:49)

Hampton discusses the impact of media coverage on the nation's understanding of the civil rights movement.

Out of the South (01:12)

Hampton describes fundraising challenges for the second part of "Eyes on the Prize."

Assassinations (02:32)

Hampton discusses how Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy's deaths impacted the Civil Rights Movement.

Truth and Heroes (00:49)

Hampton reflects on portraying Civil Rights leaders in an unbiased way.

Transformation (01:05)

Hampton notes the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on black society.

Surveillance (01:27)

Hampton describes how the government watched Civil Rights organizations.

Legacy (01:22)

Hampton talks about the relationships with the people who helped him make this program.

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Bridge to Freedom 1965: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985

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A decade of lessons is applied in the climactic and bloody march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. A major victory is won when the federal Voting Rights Bill passes, but civil rights leaders know they have new challenges ahead.

Length: 75 minutes

Item#: BVL58637

Copyright date: ©1994

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