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Northeastern to host screening of Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now

Northeastern University will host a screening of the PBS documentary Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Cabral Center.

The film—which reexamines the groundbreaking documentary Eyes on the Prize from the viewpoint of civil rights activists past and present—will be followed by a panel discussion with Margaret Burnham and Sarah Jackson, two Northeastern faculty members involved in social change.

Burnham is a professor in the School of Law and the founder of its Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, which works to engage students in legal matters relating to the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Jackson, an assistant professor of communication studies, is interested in how social and polit­ical iden­ti­ties are con­structed in the public sphere.

Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning 14-hour TV series on the Civil Rights Movement. It is divided into two parts. The first part aired in 1987 and chronicled the time period between the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965. The second part aired in 1990 and covered 1965-1985, including an examination of Malcolm X, the formation of the Black Panther Party, and the final years of Martin Luther King Jr.

Thursday’s program—titled “Black Lives Matter + The Civil Rights Movement: Are 50 Years of Protests Relevant Today?”—is co-sponsored by Northeastern’s School of Journalism, the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, the Department of Communication Studies, and the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.

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