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Olympic Pride American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Deborah Riley Draper & Travis Thrasher. Blair Underwood, contrib.
Item #: D11964
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 400 / 2020
Publisher: Atria
ISBN: 9781501162152
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For the 1936 Olympic Games in Nazi Germany, eighteen African Americans had to decide if they wanted to represent a country that deemed them second-class citizens, competing on the world stage before a militant Aryan society that considered them inferior beings. Yet if they stayed home, would they ever have another chance to prove their critics wrong? Based on Deborah Riley Draper's 2016 documentary, this watershed moment in sports and civil rights history is told through the stories of five remarkable athletes all but lost in the shadow of Jesse Owens: feisty Tidye Pickett from Chicago, quiet Louise Stokes, bookish Archie Williams, the wise and fierce Ralph Metcalfe, and fleet-footed Mack Robinson, who set a fine example for his younger brother Jackie.

 

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