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"Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" Trailer (2016)

by Matt Delmont

On August 8, 1936, the Chicago Defender headline declared "Owens 'Takes' Olympics." "Jesse Owens is the god of sports fans here," the article began. "He has effectively demonstrated his superiority in winning the finals in the 100-meter event in which he equaled the world's record and by blasting the Olympic mark of Eddie Tolan, another Race star, set back in 1932 over the 200 meter route." The next day Owens won his fourth gold medal of the 1936 games as part of the U.S. 4x100 relay team. Owens' victories were especially important because Hitler intended for the Berlin games to support his theories of Aryan superiority.

"Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" Trailer (2016)

Trailer for documentary "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" (2016) by Deborah Riley Draper

from "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" (2016)
Creator: Dir. Deborah Riley Draper
Posted by Matt Delmont