In 1988 “Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965” won a duPont gold baton - a special award given for exemplary, comprehensive bodies of programming. The series from PBS station WGBH was a six-part broadcast built on archival footage that told the story of the men and women who marched, protested, and fought for civil rights during the 1950s and 60s.
Eyes on the Prize was the culmination of decades of work and stands, over thirty years later, as an enduring landmark broadcast. The series showed the visceral challenges faced during the struggle for basic rights: men and women turned away by armed deputies when trying to register to vote, peaceful activists beaten and scorned at lunch counters, and more.
At the time the series was broadcast, the fight for civil rights in the United States was far from over. The definitive story of our present national reckoning may not be told for many years to come. However, if you’ve done reporting you’re proud of on the contemporary movements for racial equity and justice, the duPont awards are open for submissions, but only until 11:59pm TONIGHT! Visit duPont.org for more info and to submit. #duPont2021.