Blair Underwood & Director Deborah Riley Draper: Documentary 'Olympic Pride, American Prejudice'

It was 1936.  Hitler was coming to power and the Third Reich was hosting the Summer Olympics that year in Berlin.  In America, the racial divide was prominent – and African Americans were treated like second class citizens.  Ironically, 18 black Olympic athletes traveled to Germany for the Summer Games – and that country that rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism. Those young men & women carried the weight of a race and a nation on their shoulders and did the unexpected with grace and dignity.  “OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE” is their story.

This independent documentary & labor of love was directed / written / executive produced by DEBORAH RILEY DRAPER.  Draper is a former top advertising executive who turned her love for filmmaking and telling important & interesting stories into a full-time career.  Her first film, “Versailles '73: An American Runway Revolution," chronicled the US designers groundbreaking victory against their French counterparts on November 28, 1973 at the Palace of Versailles through the recollections of the people, footage, artifacts and iconic African American models who were a part.

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