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Renaissance of the African-American Athlete

Before the conversation with Harrison Dillard and Herb Douglas, there was a screening of the documentary, “The Renaissance Period of the African-American Athlete in Sports,” highlighting the 9 African-American track athletes who (outside of Jesse Owens) won 13 medals in total at the 1936 Olympics. During these games in Berlin, Hitler and the ideals of the Nazi party were rising. These athletes helped inspire the next generation of African-American athletes after them, including Dillard and Douglas. After the screening ASU School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies sports historian and lecturer Victoria Jackson sat down with the pair for an insightful conversation.

 

 

 

Watch the full event here