Narrated by veteran Hollywood actor Blair Underwood and written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice chronicles a seminal moment in American history. The 2017 NAACP Image Awards nominee and Oscar-qualified film follows 18 African-American Olympians who defy Jim Crow segregation and Nazi racism to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. History remembers the accomplishments of only one of them - Jesse Owens. This is the story of the other 17.
The 16 Black men and 2 Black women courageously reverse stereotypes and show the world their athleticism and humanity. They create a springboard for the modern American civil rights movement and accelerate the desegregation of college and professional sports. This complicated, triumphant but unheralded story is a vital part of contemporary social justice discourse.
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