In the first episode of “Presenting the Past,” film scholar Michelle Kelley highlights a collection of 127 unedited interviews conducted for the landmark PBS documentary series Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965, first broadcast in January 1987. Kelley provides context to the making of the series and explores examples of interviews that give different, yet valuable, perspectives on the civil rights movement than the one presented in the final cut of the series.
Content warning: this archival content contains descriptions of violence and racial slurs.
Hosted, recorded, and edited by Christine Becker
Produced by Ryn Marchese
Post-production and theme music by Todd Thompson
Content mentioned in this episode:
- Aca-Media, a podcast offering an academic perspective on media, from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies
- Freedom Song: Interviews from Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 Exhibit
- Eyes on the Prize I Interviews Collection contributed by the Film & Media Archive at Washington University
- America, They Loved You Madly interviews
- Robert Williams interview
- Coretta Scott King interview
- Sheyann Webb interview
- Rachel West Nelson interview
- Frederick Leonard interview
- Jo Ann Robinson interview
- William O’Neal interview
- Michelle Kelley website
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