Olympic Pride: American Prejudice | Watch & Wonder Weekly Highlight

Thursday, July 11, 1 PM

For next week’s Watch & Wonder Highlight, we’re featuring the film Olympic Pride: American Prejudice. After watching, dive deeper with resources about the intersection of sports, politics and race during the 1936 summer Olympic Games in Berlin on PBS LearningMedia.

Explore the collective experiences of 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, Olympic Pride: American Prejudice follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn of events at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. They represented a country that considered them second-class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet for them despite an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism.

PBS LearningMedia

The 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany | Teaching with Primary Sources

Grades 6-12
This inquiry kit has Library of Congress sources about the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic athletes.

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