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Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

August 5, 2016

My family and I are enjoying watching the Olympic opening on NBC.

While I enjoyed watching the traditional Olympic features like the oath and the parade of nations, along with unique celebrations highlighting Brazilian culture and accomplishments, I thought about the 18 African American’s from the 1936 Berlin games.

Recently I had the pleasure of being the lead photographer for the screening of Olympic Pride, American Prejudice shown in the Cox Communications Governor’s Conference Room.

Director and Author, Deborah Riley Draper  (Center) presented and discussed the story of the unsung athletes. Before the film, I am embarrassed to say that I only knew about Jesse Owens and Hitler. The athletes defied the Jim Crow Law and Adolf Hitler by demonstrating professionalism during the games and after.

The film was narrated and produced by Blair Underwood along with executive producers Dr. Amy Tiemann and Michael A. Draper

The film was released today in theaters at Cinema Village in New York and at the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Los Angeles.

I am looking forward to watching the film with my children when it is released in Atlanta.

Thank you Amber Carter for allowing me to be a part of the planning committee. In addition, thank you to Lisa Farmer, Johnny Hill and Ty Williams. The photos are outstanding and the video was an excellent gift for our Cox Diversity Council and NAMIC Atlanta organization. I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Douglas  Simmons

Photographer