Discuss the message of the documentary, Eyes on the Prize.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The documentary that is based on Williams' work is predicated upon the idea that there is a story to be told in being Black in America during the Civil Rights Years.  The focus on the documentary is to seek to bring out the many elements in what it means to be Black in America during the Civil Rights Era.  At the same time, there is a great deal fo focus on how this time period was both influenced as a reaction against the time period that preceded it and helped to formulate identity to the time period that was to follow.  Much of the modern conception of being a person of color in America can be seen in this documentary.  It does an excellent job in talking about how there is a challenge in seeking to advocate for one's rights and seeking to be part of an assimilationist society.  In this process, the work seeks to broaden the understanding of those brave social pioneers during the Civil Rights Era.  In doing so, Williams' work and the documentary brings out much in way of historical interest and sociological reality in bringing out the condition of people of color, specifically African- Americans in modern American History.