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Preserving the Full-Length Interviews with the Athletes in William Miles' "Black Champions" (1986)
William Miles' 1986 3-part TV program "Black Champions" is a classic of the sports documentary genre. It is even more valuable today for its in-depth interviews with African American athletes including Althea Gibson, Curt Flood, Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Wilma Rudolph, of which only a small part made it into the finished program. While the original series is, unfortunately, difficult to see, the Washington University Libraries has preserved the full-length versions of the thirty-two interviews from the series and made them accessible online, thanks to a grant from the National Historic Publications & Records Commission. This event will discuss the process of conserving and digitizing these thirty-four-years-old film reels, play a variety of clips from the interviews, and discuss the documentary work of Mr. Miles and the importance of Black Champions.

Apr 30, 2021 03:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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