Black Champions | 1985
A three-part chronicle of the historic achievements by black athletes in America. The documentary uses rare archival footage to illustrate how many black champions, both famous and little-known, successfully challenged racism to achieve a level of prominence almost always denied them in other areas of American life.
"Who Will Wear the Crown?" (Part One) examines early black participation in sports, focusing on the athletic departments of segregated Negro colleges during the first half of the century. "New Times: The Integration of American Sports" (Part Two) explores black pioneers who became superstars in the white sports arena. "Looking For Tomorrow: Black Athletes and the Sporting Life" (Part Three) focuses on the world of corporate sports and the financial and emotional pressures facing black superstars.