“The Renaissance Period of the African American in Sports” tells the story of the nine (9) African American Olympic medalists who were members of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games Track & Field Team for the USA. These athletes came from across the United States, from the west coast to the east.
Given the racism and challenges facing Black Americans at that time, their accomplishments laid the foundation for athletes of color to integrate and eventually play a leading role in professional sports today.
This year proved to be a pivotal year of transformation and dramatic change for the African American athlete in America. It’s a story about the hard road to glory and hardship that confronted African American athletes of that era.
Co-Executive Producer Herbert P. Douglas, Jr., 1948 Olympic Bronze Medal Winner
Co-Executive Producer and Producer, Robert Lott
Frederick “Fritz” Pollard Jr.
Olympian Panel Discussion
at Heinz History Museum
Harrison Dillard, John Carlos, Bob Beamon, and Wyomia Tyus
21 U.S. Olympians, Producers and College President, at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA for a Film Screening
Executive Producers - Herbert P. Douglas, Jr. and Bob Lott