"Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" film screening
The award-winning film is part of Elon's Black History Month programming and sponsored by Elon Athletics, Elondocs, African and African American Studies and CREDE. Turner Theatre, Schar Hall, 7 p.m.
This film 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.
"Olympic Pride, American Prejudice" was produced by Coffee Bluff Pictures and a 2017 NAACP Image Awards Nominee. Q&A will follow with the filmmakers.