This archive of civil rights-related television news is the most interesting and disturbing television news collection online that I’ve seen so far. William Thomas, who put the collection together, writes:
The footage is the only remaining footage from stations in Virginia from the 50s and 60s. Thankfully, we do have some great footage from the earliest days of television in Virginia. At the moment we are just beginning this effort and have been trying to make this archival footage accessible to scholars and teachers.
There are lessons in this footage that should never be forgotten, and with Eyes on the Prize unavailable, it’s great to see it made so easily available. It’s also a fine example of the kind of history instruction that might be done if more news footage were easily available.