Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
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This documentary chronicles the story of 18 African Americans who – against all odds – competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Against a backdrop of racism and prejudice – which plagued both sides of the Atlantic – the athletes defied both Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich through their presence at the games.

The stories of Louise Stokes and Tidye Pickett are particularly poignant – two track athletes who formed a close friendship through their shared experience of injustice and humiliation. Watching Stokes as she is dropped from the team, moments before her race, is deeply upsetting. The resilience, determination and perseverance of these athletes played a significant role in history, which is captured in this informative, necessary and remarkable film.


Documentary following the African-American competitors in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, who defied America's racists and Adolf Hitler to strike a blow for freedom and helped kick-start the US civil rights movement.