Monday, October 2, 2006

GPB's Broadcast of Eyes on the Prize

Eyes on the Prize has been reprised as part of PBS's distinguished American Experience series, and GPB supplemented its October schedule with programming that complements the rebroadcast.

GPB's Original Production Conversations will feature Congressman John Lewis of Georgia's Fifth District in a two-part series. Lewis has often been called "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement ever produced." As a student at Fisk University, he played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement.

During the Movement, Lewis organized sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville, Tenn., volunteered to participate in the Freedom Rides, and was named Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Along with airing a special two-part series of Conversations, GPB will continue to build a theme around Eyes on the Prize with programs featuring interviews with Civil Right's leaders, including Joseph Lowery and Andrew Young.