18 African American Competitors at 1936 Olympics

Jesse Owens is rightly celebrated and enshrined in history. But how many people know there were other black athletes competing in Berlin? Mack Robinson, shown here, was Jackie Robinson’s brother, btw.


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At the 1936 Olympics, 18 black athletes went to Berlin as part of the U.S. team. Pictured here are (left to right rear) Dave Albritton, and Cornelius Johnson, high jumpers; Tidye Pickett, a hurdler; Ralph Metcalfe, a sprinter; Jim Clark, a boxer, and Mack Robinson, a sprinter. In front are John Terry, (left) a weight lifter and John Brooks, a long jumper. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

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