American Experience

PBS | 9:00 pm

In 1946, Black military officer Isaac Woodard was returning home to South Carolina after serving in World War II when he got into an altercation with a bus driver who refused to let Woodard off at a rest stop. Woodard was taken off the bus and the local chief of police beat him so savagely that he was permanently blinded, although an all-white jury acquitted the chief. Jamila Ephron's documentary "The Blinding of Isaac Woodard" examines how this horrific incident changed the course of U.S. history.