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‘Olympic Pride, American Prejudice’ captures the impact of black athletes at the 1936 Olympics.

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While the Olympics start on Friday, a new documentary about the monumentally important 1936 Berlin Games will debut. “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” tells the story of the 18 black Olympians that competed for the United States. Jesse Owens, the most famous of these athletes, won four gold medals, receiving plenty of commemoration since, including the 2016 period drama “Race.” Now, director Deborah Riley Draper endeavors to share the untold stories and legacy of the others.

These athletes sacrificed mightily for their country steeped in Jim Crow legislation in the South and institutionalized housing discrimination in the North to play under the American flag. Names like Louise Stokes, James LuValle, and Mack Reynolds (Jackie Robinson’s older brother) have largely forgotten. “Olympic Pride” explains their erasure through cuts of rare footage narrated by Blair Underwood.

Draper told CNN that when they researched footage for the documentary, they found more footage of these athletes in Europe than they did the States, evidence of both the lack of respect from America and the relative embrace received by Europeans in spite of Nazi ideology’s spread. These athletes paved the way for not just integration in American sports, but the global appreciation of black Olympians like Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.

“Olympic Pride” enters a limited theatrical release on August 5 in New York and Santa Monica. You can watch the trailer below:

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