Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympic


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Atria Books
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Deborah Riley Draper is an award-winning director and writer known for the films Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution and 2017 NAACP Image Award nominee Olympic Pride, American Prejudice. In 2016, Variety named her one of 10 Documakers to Watch. In 2019, Draper penned the screen adaptation for the upcoming film Coffee Will Make You Black.

Two-time Golden Globe nominee and Emmy, Grammy, and seven-time NAACP Image Award recipient Blair Underwood has distinguished himself as an award-winning actor, director, and producer. He has starred in Sex in the City, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, and Disney Channel's The Lion Guard. He lives in Los Angeles, California. Follow him on Twitter at @BlairUnderwood.

Bestselling author Travis Thrasher has written over fifty books and worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years. His inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, athletes, and pastors. He has written fiction in a variety of genres, from love stories and supernatural thrillers to young adult series. He also has cowritten memoirs and self-help books.


"Olympic Pride, American Prejudice sprints and soars as the story of these unforgettable athletes takes readers on a gripping moral journey and a by-the-second, heart-pounding race of grace and grit. It is at once powerful and tender, as the athletes emerge as champions in the face of Hitler and the Jim Crow South. Ever timely, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice is a must-read for anyone concerned with race, sports, and politics in America."
--WILLIAM C. RHODEN, columnist, writer at large for ESPN's The Undefeated, and New York Times bestselling author of Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete
"Olympic Pride, American Prejudice is a marvel of perseverance and inspiration. Deborah Riley Draper, Travis Thrasher, and Blair Underwood have done the world a favor by bringing into the sunlight the unknown story of eighteen black Olympians who should never be forgotten. This book is both beautiful and wrenching, and essential to understanding the rich history of African American athletes."
--KEVIN MERIDA, editor in chief of ESPN's The Undefeated
"Cutting across disciplines, this stirring remembrance of athletes who have long been overshadowed will resonate with anyone interested in the Olympics or the history of civil rights."