"Jesse Owens" Emmy-winning film & talk with Laurens Grant
Monday, December 16, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
New York, NY
Laurens Grant has chronicled the most famous athlete of his time. Jesse Owens’ stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, his 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. Grant’s film about the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion recently won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Research. Yet Jesse Owens also explores 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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Harlem Y Talks
Generations have called the Harlem YMCA "the living room of the Harlem Renaissance." Much of Harlem’s flourishing artistic, literary and intellectual talent found its voice inside its two West 135th Street buildings. Today, we are proud to host an exciting new talk series in our Little Theatre, located in the iconic “Y” tower known as the Claude McKay Residence. We look forward to welcoming you to this official New York City historic landmark, which still looms over the Harlem streetscape, for discussions on a compelling array of topics.