Eyes on the Prize: No Easy Walk
Cerena Vang
Eyes on the Prize: No Easy Walk h ighlights the events that led up to the victory in Birmingham, Alabama. The documentary begins by explaining the movement in Albany, Georgia. Albany was the first city in which Black people were able to immobilize an entire community for the Civil Rights Movement instead of just a portion of the community. Although their efforts failed to create any changes, they served as a learning experience for the future immobilization of movements. In Albany, Georgia, the Civil Rights Movement was halted when they faced Police Chief , Laurie Prichett . According to the documentary, Chief Prichett was an insightful man who did his research when it came to the movement. In the documentary, Black people are referred to as lazy, stupid people. In my opinion, Chief Prichett viewed them as equals. He took the time to read Dr. Martin Luther King\'s Book and study their strategy from other cities in order to properly plan for their move on Albany. Prichett may have said that they don\'t matter, but he made them his equal when he acknowledged the fact that they could come together in a cohesive and organized manner that was a threat to Albany. Although they lost the battle, I believe that Chief Prichett was the only person to go against the Civil Rights Movement with a level ing playing field.
The fight in Birmingham was one of the most difficult in the Civil Rights Movement. The Black people who chose to stand for their rights faced the most oppression and the most violent resistance. I was appalled to find out that the water they sprayed from the fire hose was hard enough to blast the outer layer of bark off trees in the park. They arrested children and even prevented their own elected White people from taking office, just because of their opinions. When the documentary disclosed the confusion and resistance between the change of power in the Mayor seat of Birmingham, it was the most immature behavior of resistance that I had ever heard. This just displayed the extent at which parts of the community was willing to go in order to stop integration. It was surprising and words can\'t describe how dumbfounded I was. It was like the White people couldn\'t decide on where they stood on the issue and they were confused themselves. It seemed as though, at the time, the biggest issue wasn\'t that Black people were trying to sit at White lunch counters, it was that they couldn\'t decide on a uniformed government.
The use of children during Project C is very subjective and risky. On one end, they are taking advantage of a child\'s ability to arouse sympathy for their cause and on the other end they are using their own children as a tool for their rights. In the long run, it was a smart decision because it allowed the Black community to sustain their numbers while keeping people who were influential and could bring people together out of jail so they could continue to gather support. Although they lost children, the long run goal was worth the fight and those children are remembered today as symbols of the struggle and work they did to gain their rights.