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In the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, 18 African-American athletes competed in the Third Reich’s grandest affair while representing a racially divided country. Many Americans considered the group to be second-class citizens while many spectators ascribed to the Nazi ideology of Aryan supremacy.

Today, a group of Atlanta-based filmmakers is asking for support to tell this moment in world history. The “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” documentary seeks to share the story of Atlanta Olympian Carl Lewis and the 17 other African-American athletes who returned home to short-lived glory.

Watch fascinating footage from the Olympics and make a tax-deductible donation here.

– Emily Tracy, SPR Atlanta

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