Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
From the writer and director of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed documentary Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution Deborah Riley Draper and narrated by Blair Underwood with executive producers Dr. Amy Tiemann, Michael A. Draper, and Blair Underwood
Screening: Monday, October 2 at 6:30 pm.
Student Center Theater, Georgia Tech.
Free and Open to the Public.
More information about the film from https://www.1936olympicsmovie.com: Olympic Pride, American Prejudice explores the experiences of 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. They 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. They were world heroes yet returned home to a short-lived glory. This story is a vital part of history and is as relevant today as it was almost 80 years ago. The film is produced by Coffee Bluff Pictures (www.coffeebluffpictures).
Panel After the Film: Dr. Johnny Smith, sport historian, School of History and Sociology, Georgia Tech; Dr. Greg Zinman, film scholar, School of Literature, Media and Communication, Georgia Tech; Deborah Riley Draper, filmmaker, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice; Moderator: Mary McDonald, Homer C. Rice Chair of Sports and Society, Georgia Tech
Sponsored by the Sports, Society, and Technology program, the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, the School of History and Sociology, and the Black Feminist Think Tank.