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New documentary shares experiences of 18 Black athletes who defied Jim Crow & Adolf Hitler to compete in 1936 Olympics

The 1936 Olympics were well-documented and known for the success of track and field gold medalist Jesse Owens. A new documentary titled Olympic Pride, American Prejudice shares the experiences of the other 17 African-American athletes “who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.”   The film’s […]

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Louis vs. Schmeling II: More than a Fight, Pride of Black race hung on every punch 75 years ago

On June 22, 1938, two years after suffering the lone defeat of his prime at the hands of Schmeling — the German puncher who’d been cast as an example of Aryan supremacy — Joe Louis responded with an emphatic first-round knockout before more than 70,000 fans at Yankee Stadium. (AP Photo/File) by Avis Thomas-Lester (NNPA)–James “Winky” Camphor , of Baltimore is 86, but he remembers the fight like it happened yesterday. It was June 22, 1938 and more than 70,000 fight fans crowded into Yankee Stadium to witness a contest that was much more than a boxing bout. It was a grudge match—Black against White, African American versus Aryan, the so-called “Land of the Free” battling Nazi Germany.