eyes on the prize

C.T. Vivian, Civil Rights Pioneer and Missouri Native, Dies at 95

By Washington University Libraries on July 23, 2020

“It was the Freedom Riders in Parchman [the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman], where we created new songs as well as sang freedom songs. The joy of the place was there as we sang. Guards and so forth did not understand it. I remember making up songs one Sunday morning as we created our ...

John Lewis

Celebrating John Lewis

By Alison Carrick on July 21, 2020

Representative John Lewis died on July 17, 2020 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a pivotal figure of Civil Rights Movement and was involved in several major campaigns and actions throughout his life. Interviews with him were featured in the documentary series, Eyes on the Prize, and ...

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy at Washington University

By Alison Carrick on April 4, 2019

On the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, we’d like to celebrate his legacy and highlight some of the resources available in Washington University Libraries’ Special Collections. In 1957 Martin Luther King, Jr. visited St. Louis and spoke at t...

Film & Media Archive Receives Grant to Digitize “Eyes on the Prize II” Footage

By Washington University Libraries on April 2, 2019

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a grant of $226,392 to Washington University Libraries’ Film & Media Archive to fund the Eyes on the Prize II Interview Digitization and Dissemination Project. The project will digitize 106 hours from the original 16 mm camera negati...

Eyes on the Prize Receives the 2019 Cinema Eye Legacy Award

By Alison Carrick on January 24, 2019

Eyes on the Prize receives the 2019 Cinema Eye Legacy Award We are excited to announce that Eyes on the Prize is the recipient of the 2019 Cinema Eye Legacy Award. This award is given in recognition of a influential work of nonfiction film that continues to inspire new generations of filmmakers. ...

Celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington

By Alison Carrick on August 31, 2018

This week marks the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The success of this peaceful march, which attracted an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people on August 28, 1963, was the culmination of twenty years of planning and organizing by A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rust...

Lasting Legacies: Henry Hampton

By Alison Carrick on April 26, 2018

In anticipation of the official opening of the newly transformed Olin Library on May 1, 2018, we would like to preview some of the new spaces and exhibitions. Lasting Legacies, the inaugural exhibition of the Thomas Gallery on Level 1 of John M. Olin Library, pays tribute to seven influential Was...

Remembering Linda Brown of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision

By Alison Carrick on March 29, 2018

Linda Brown Smith whose name became synonymous with the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education has died at age 76,  the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Linda Brown Smith was interviewed by Blackside for the series Eyes on the Prize, and while the interview was not used in the final program it ...

Henry Hampton in Selma

By Alison Carrick on March 7, 2018

March 7 marks the 53rd anniversary of a pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement: Bloody Sunday. Henry Hampton traveled to Selma, Alabama after Martin Luther King issued a call for support from civil rights activists. On Sunday March 7, 1965 civil rights activists first attempted to march from ...