collage of interviews from Eyes on the Prize II
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More than Talking Heads

More than Talking Heads: Interviews from Eyes on the Prize: America at the Racial Crossroads details the production, original use, and recent restoration of the 183 unedited interviews conducted for the second series of the pivotal civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize: America at the Racial Crossroads, 1965-1985.

Despite the promise of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, the new freedoms African Americans had gained were meeting resistance from white communities and politicians, especially in northern urban cities. Eyes on the Prize, or Eyes II, consists of eight episodes that cover what happened after the March on Selma, a March 1965 civil rights protest originally aimed at registering Black voters in the South.

The collection features interviews with revered leaders in the struggle for social justice and Black equality, such as Coretta Scott King, John Lewis, Jesse Jackson, Huey P. Newton, Elaine Brown, Angela Davis, and Muhammad Ali. The restored interviews are available through the University Libraries: Eyes on the Prize: America at the Radical Crossroads, 1965-1985