The untold story of 18 African Americans who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice is set in the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided 1930's America, torn between boycotting Hitler's Olympics or participating in the Third Reich's grandest affair.
The film follows 16 men and two women through their heroic turn at the summer Olympic Games in Berlin, 1936. The atheletes represented a country that considered them second-class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and Anti-Semitism.
18 athletes carried the weight of a race on their shoulders and stood tall in the middle of a political firestorm. They made the team, travelled to Berlin and did the unexpected with grace and dignity. Their presence on the world stage is a seminal precursor to the Civil Rights Movement.
History forgot all except one. This is the story of the other 17.
"A resounding testimony to the legacy of trailblazing African-American Olympians… Draper's thorough research process yields fascinating details on the lives and careers of the athletes."
"More than adept at getting to the truth about perhaps the most mythologised event of the modern Olympic movement."
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