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Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The 1936 Olympics

American athletes in 1936 Games

The history books documented track star Jesse Owens' experiences at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games, hosted in Nazi-controlled Berlin.

But Owens was not the only African-American athlete to represent the United States of America. A new film, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, documents the experiences of 18 African-American athletes representing a country that would not give them equal rights.

Host Frank Stasio talks with executive producer, director and writer, Deborah Riley Draper and executive producer Amy Tiemann about the film and the legacy of the athletes.​ The film screens this weekend at SilverSpot Cinema in Chapel Hill and in November as part of the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington. It is also available on iTunes and Amazon.

Athletes on boat on way to Berlin for 1936 Olympics
Athletes on boat on way to Berlin for 1936 Olympics

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.