May 5, 2011
(Source: University News Service, Washington University in St. Louis, April 18, 2011)
Washington University in St. Louis has received a four-year, $550,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to preserve Henry Hampton's award-winning civil rights documentary Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 as well as Hampton's complete, unedited interviews recorded on film for the documentary. The grant is the largest ever received by University Libraries.
Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 is a six-episode documentary on the American civil rights movement.
Originally broadcast in 1987 on Public Broadcasting Systems stations throughout the country, the documentary uses both archival footage of the events depicted and contemporary interviews.
The original documentary film and interview footage were donated to the University Libraries in 2001 as part of the Henry Hampton Collection. The collection is one of the largest archives of civil rights media in the United States and contains materials on other topics as well.
The complete press release is at this url: http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/22185.aspx