the trailer: Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
You probably have heard the name Jesse Owens–the American Olympian who is possibly the best track and field athlete of all time and who won four Gold Medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, thus “single-handedly crushing Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy” (ESPN).
But have you heard of the other 17 African American athletes who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games?
By the very virtue of being an American, you’ll want to see the inspiring new documentary Olympic Pride, American Prejudice. The film uses incredible historical footage and modern-day interviews to tell the story of the 17 other mostly-unknown African-American Olympians.
The film, directed by Deborah Riley Draper, sheds light on their life leading up to the games, and their return to a Jim Crow America. These athletes paved the way for what became the Civil Rights Movement.
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