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The Journey of the African-American Athlete (1996)

Documentary feature exploring the rise of African-Americans to positions of greatness in American sports. Stories are told of boxers, tennis players, runners, and basketball players, ... See full summary »
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Muhammad Ali ... Himself (archive footage)
Arthur Ashe ... Himself (archive footage)
Julius Erving ... Himself (archive footage)
Althea Gibson Althea Gibson ... Herself (archive footage)
Samuel L. Jackson ... Narrator
Jack Johnson Jack Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Jordan ... Himself (archive footage)
Joe Louis ... Himself (archive footage)
Jesse Owens ... Himself (archive footage)
Jackie Robinson ... Himself (archive footage)
Tommie Smith ... Himself (archive footage)
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Documentary feature exploring the rise of African-Americans to positions of greatness in American sports. Stories are told of boxers, tennis players, runners, and basketball players, athletes who either suffered the indignities of racism, helped break down its walls, or enjoyed the opportunities afforded by past struggles. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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USA

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English

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Home Box Office (HBO) See more »
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Dolby
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A Moving History!
15 July 2014 | by SylSee all my reviews

African American history has had as many triumphs and disasters. African Americans have made as many strides in sports. This documentary is comprehensive about African Americans in all sports even in golf. This documentary interviews many athletes, journalists, and others. This documentary starts off in the early twentieth century and ends in the present. This documentary focuses on all sports too where they also broke barriers and became integrated while playing alongside white players. The documentary explores their mistreatment especially during Jim Crow South Laws where blacks and whites were separate and unequal. African Americans in sports also had to fight obstacles.


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