May the light of Jesus Christ bring honor from glory to glory for pride in African American excellence this upcoming Black History Month. The Boy Scout Troops (206 & 2206) of Zion Missionary Baptist Church and St. James United Methodist Church will host a screening of the Coffee Bluff Pictures film, Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, during the Annual Roswell Roots Black History Month Festival in Roswell, Georgia on February 10, 2018.

The film was nominated for the 2017 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Documentary. Its feature Song “Find My Victory,” made the 2017 Oscars Best Original Song longlist. It highlights the lives of 18 brave African-American Olympians, who defied the odds at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany, all while bringing glory and honor to the One who gives that right to victory for African American pride, Jesus Christ.

“As a filmmaker, I am inspired and eager to shine light on the untold and intentionally and unintentionally dismissed stories, voices and characters that make up the rich tapestry of African American history,” acclaimed filmmaker and advertising agency executive, Deborah Riley Draper said. “It’s an unbelievable story and we are honored to tell it.”

“It’s an unbelievable story and we are honored to tell it,” acclaimed filmmaker and advertising agency executive, Deborah Riley said.

These 18 African-American Olympians, including Jesse Owens, overcome Jim Crow segregation and Nazi racism, in the name of Jesus Christ, as they win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. History remembers the accomplishments of one of them, Jesse Owens. This is the story of the other 17.

A Q&A will take place following the screening. Special guest panelists will include the film’s writer and director, Deborah Riley Draper, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist, Venus Lacy, and CBS46 News Anchor Tracye Hutchins.

The Roswell Roots Festival, currently running from January 22, 2018-February 28, 2018, is a festival that celebrates African American history and culture. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive celebrations in the state of Georgia. It offers guests the opportunity to share in our diverse history while discovering more about our African American heritage, art, food and contributions.

By showing Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, Boy Scout Troop 206 and Boy Scout Troop 2206 will raise funds in an effort to expand their scouting programs to better equip and guide the boys to become men of honor, character and morals. The film sheds light on the use of sports as a social justice platform and allows the Scouts to earn merit badges for Journalism and History.

For more information about the event, watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97Icc35DJPM&feature=youtu.be, visit www.1936olympicsmovie.com and purchase tickets on Eventbrite https://tinyurl.com/y7hkwdxe or in-person at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Roswell or St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta.

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Sarah Dickens is the Editor of Atlanta Christian Voice. Sarah has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University and an M.A. in Global Studies from Liberty University. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. in Christian Education and Leadership from Liberty University. Sarah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she humbly serves the Lord, friends, and others at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Her two greatest passions are teaching English as a Second Language and serving in the missions field. After working on the mission field in Lebanon and Japan, she hopes to continue taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other lands. Her favorite hobbies include blogging, ballroom dancing, flower arranging, and reading books by Christian authors. You will find Sarah most of the time sipping a cup of coffee from Starbucks while journaling away letters to God in blank journals.

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