PBS (Mon., Jan. 15, 9 P.M. ET)
Producer Henry Hampton’s acclaimed 1987 documentary series about the civil rights movement forges on. These eight programs, narrated by Julian Bond, cover the period from the early ’60s to 1987, when the movement for equal rights shifted north and took on an angrier, more confrontational character.
The first segment focuses on Malcolm X and the Islamic influence. Subsequent installments concern themselves with the final years of Martin Luther King Jr., the March on Washington, the Black Panthers, Muhammad Ali, Attica, affirmative I action and the Allan Bakke case, right up to the 1989 riot in Miami’s Overtown. This follow-up makes sadly clear how fiercely equality has been resisted in our society, and how deeply entrenched racism remains. It also suggests that blacks have been struggling for two decades to hold on to the advances they made in the ’60s. Though uneven and sometimes scattered, Eyes on the Prize II is still important and often powerful.