|One Book --"Olympic Pride, American Prejudice"|
Event Type: One Book|
Age Group(s): Adults, All Ages
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:30 PM
"Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" This documentary 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.Library: Selby Library (Click for a map to Selby Library.)
Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitlerís Olympics or participating in the Third Reichís 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 complicated. This story is triumphant but unheralded. This story is a vital part of history and is as relevant today as it was almost 80 years ago.
Presented as part of the One Book program, which has the 1936 Berlin Olympics as its setting.
Location: Jack J. Geldbart Auditorium
Registration Ends: 3/11/2017 at 10:00 AM
Contact: Nancy Deaton
Presenter: Selby Staff