The Black Eagles
There were eighteen African-American athletes on the U.S. Team in the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany. They won 14 medals — eight of them gold: a quarter of the 56 medals won by the entire U.S. team. Most of them have been all but forgotten.
“It was easier to tell the story of one African-American because that was an anomaly,” said Deborah Riley Draper, who wrote, directed and produced a new documentary called Olympic Pride, American Prejudice. “But eighteen stories was more than the Jim Crow newspapers wanted to report on.”
This is the story of the other seventeen.
Posted on August 13, 2016, in Black History, Culture, Events, History, Life, People, Picture, Sports, Thoughts, Video and tagged Berlin Germany, Black History, Jesse Owens, Jim Crow, Racism, US Olympics. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.