Segments in this Video

Speaking against Vietnam (04:09)


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses military spending that set back the war on poverty. Opposing the war broke ties with Lyndon Johnson, who supported Civil Rights.

Dividing the Civil Rights Movement (01:49)

King broke publicly with Johnson in a 1967 speech in New York City. The NAACP and other groups attacked him for his position on Vietnam.

FBI Surveillance (02:16)

J. Edgar Hoover worked to discredit King. The SCLC lost funding but King maintained his anti-war position.

Exposing Southern Hunger (02:40)

The War on Poverty suffered during Vietnam. King supported grassroots welfare organizing; view footage of Marian Wright and Robert Kennedy touring the Mississippi Delta.

Poor People's Campaign (03:07)

Many feared national race riots. Wright proposed a march on Washington. He outlines the nonviolent plan in a December, 1967 press conference.

Shaping the Civil Rights Movement (03:37)

King's aids debate his Poor People's Campaign and celebrate his birthday. Andrew Young describes how King relied on his conservative perspective for balance.

Economic Redistribution Goal (02:20)

SCLC director William Rutherford describes organizing the Poor People's Campaign. View footage of King discussing strategies with his aids.

Memphis Sanitation Strike (03:28)

Vietnam decreased Johnson's popularity and Kennedy entered the Democratic race. Learn about the Tennessee labor conflict and view footage of a demonstration.

Supporting Memphis Workers (02:41)

Sanitation strike leader James Lawson appealed to King, who made a speech on March 18, 1968 before resuming his Poor People's Campaign.

Organizing against Poverty (01:57)

View footage of King recruiting marchers for his Poor People's Campaign. Northern youth questioned his nonviolent approach.

Memphis Failure (03:54)

The March 28, 1968 sanitation workers' march turned violent—raising doubts of King's ability to lead a peaceful demonstration. On March 31, he resumed his Poor People's Campaign.

Promised Land (04:27)

On April 3, King returned to Memphis to prove nonviolence could work. View footage of his final speech.

King's Assassination (06:38)

Young describes the leader's final minutes in Memphis. Riots exploded across the nation after news of his death. View footage of his funeral in Atlanta.

Resurrection City (03:39)

After King's assassination, SCLC continued the Poor People's March and built a camp in Washington, D.C. View footage of construction and social activities.

Poor People's Campaign Direct Action (02:05)

Resurrection City Mayor Jesse Jackson led a march to the Department of Agriculture and claimed a "free" lunch. The SCLC struggled to manage the camp during heavy rain.

Kennedy's Assassination (03:16)

Robert Kennedy campaigned with black and Hispanic support. Learn how his death impacted the Civil Rights Movement and view footage of his funeral procession.

Closing Resurrection City (01:56)

SCLC leaders recall defeat among residents and reflect on regrouping around poverty and race issues after King's death.

Credits: The Promised Land 1967-1968: Eyes on the Prize—America's Civil Rights Movement 1954 - 1985 (02:16)

Credits: The Promised Land 1967-1968: Eyes on the Prize—America's Civil Rights Movement 1954 - 1985

Personal Remembrances: Henry Hampton (01:26)

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.

Morality Play (01:04)

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

I Was There (01:45)

Hampton recalls participating in the Selma, Alabama Civil Rights march.

Out of the South (01:10)

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

Black Power (01:42)

Hampton discusses how the Civil Rights Movement lost support when it shifted ideologically.

Assassinations (00:52)

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 reflects on the Civil Rights cultural transformation.

Surveillance (00:43)

Hampton describes how the government watched Civil Rights organizations.

Making History (00:44)

Hampton reflects on meeting Civil Rights participants while making "Eyes on the Prize."

Legacy (01:22)

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

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The Promised Land 1967–1968: 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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Martin Luther King stakes out new ground for himself and the rapidly fragmenting civil rights movement. One year before his death, he publicly opposes the war in Vietnam. His Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) embarks on an ambitious Poor People’s Campaign. In the midst of political organizing, King detours to support striking sanitation workers in Memphis, where he is assassinated. King’s death and the failure of his final campaign mark the end of a major stream of the movement.

Length: 75 minutes

Item#: BVL58641

Copyright date: ©1994

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