Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

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In 1936, eighteen African American athletes defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

Their stories are told in Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, a 2016 film and new book with the same name by Deborah Riley Draper. Draper exposes the complex, triumphant narratives of these athletes, who represented a country that considered them second-class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet for them, despite the rise of Nazism.

Join the Museum for a conversation with Draper about the stories of these athletes before, during, and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympics in Berlin.

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