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Arthur Ashe More Than Champion

Arthur Ashe: More than a Champion

  • UK
  • 59
    Director:
  • BBC

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From a boyhood in segregate America Arthur Ashe not only reached the top of the tennis world, he became a civil rights activist. This is a story of how a man conquered tennis, but his involvement in the US Civil Rights movement, South Africa’s system of apartheid and his creation of an awareness to the disease that would eventually kill him—AIDS. When Nelson Mandela was freed from Robben Island, Ashe was one of the first people that Mandela asked to meet.

History Black Protest Sport

The History of Black Protest in Sport

  • USA
  • 14
    Director:
  • The New Yorker and RETROREPORT

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In an NFL season marked by President Trump’s attacks on football players who have “taken a knee” during the national anthem, this doc explores the legacy of dissent in sports.

Colin Kaepernick

How Colin Kaepernick went from football start to civil rights icon

  • USA
  • 12
    Director:
  • ABC News

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In 2016, at the height of his career in the NFL, Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the US national anthem before a game. That knee represented a stand against racial inequality and police brutality for the world to see. Since then, his allies say his intentions have been misrepresented.

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali's biggest fights were outside the ring

  • USA
  • 8
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  • VOX

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The world's best heavyweight fighter was so much more. Muhammad Ali did not only shake up boxing, but the world with his civil and human rights activities. Following his death in 2016, Ali is still one of the world's most beloved and respected athletes.

Story Behind Iconic Olympic Protest

The Story Behind the Iconic Olympic Protest

  • USA
  • 9
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  • VOX

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In 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, two Black track and field athletes for the USA came in 1st and 3rd in the 200 metre race in world record time. When they received their medals, as the USA national anthem played, they raised their arms in protest.

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