Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

Plot

Award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary filmmaker Deborah Draper explores the experiences of eighteen African-American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin in Olympic Pride, American Prejudice. Set against the strain and turbulence of a racially divided America, which was also torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the film follows sixteen men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. Utilizing a wealth of newsreel material, newspaper articles, photographs and personal interviews this film provides audiences with the moving, authentic story of these brave and talented competitors.

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Screenings

  • Hanesbrands Theatre5:00 pm, Thursday, April 6 Buy Tickets