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The Story Behind The Groundbreaking PBS Series "Eyes On The Prize"

Random House Penguin
True South documents the making of the TV series, "Eyes on the Prize," the classic narrative of the civil rights movement.

Jon Else was series producer and cinematographer for the groundbreaking civil rights television series, Eyes on the Prize. The series told the story from the point of view of ordinary people inside the civil rights movement, mostly African American.

In his recently-published book, True South: Henry Hampton and Eyes on the Prize, the Landmark Television Series That Reframed the Civil Rights Movement, Else focuses on the tumultuous 18 months in 1985 and 1986 during production of Eyes on the Prize. He spoke with us about the television series that became the classic narrative of the civil rights movement.