Reelblack and PEC Present JESSE OWENS 2/12

In celebration of Black History Month and to commemorate the release of RACE, Reelblack and PEC will screen JESSE OWENS, the critically acclaimed documentary by LAURENS GRANT. We will also have a tribute to Mauice White and a special screening of a short film by Reelblack founder Mike D.  Screening will take place Friday February 12 7:00pm at the United Bank Building, 3750 Lancaster Avenue. Suggested donation is $5.00.

The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens’ grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus. The story of the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion, Jesse Owens is also about the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them once they don’t.

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