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Black Champions Production Papers

 Collection
Identifier: FMA-FMA0003b
The Black Champions [production] Papers form a small portion of the larger William Miles Collection. Included are research materials containing biographical information, articles, and photographs collected for black athletes including Arthur Ashe, Evelyn Ashford, Jim Brown, Alice Coachman-Davis, Angelo Dundee, Lee Elder, Curt Flood, William “Pop” Gates, Althea Gibson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Jacobs, William Johnson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sydney Llewellyn, Earl Monroe, Archie Moore, Edwin Moses, Floyd Patterson, Eulace Peacock, Oscar Robertson, Mack Robinson, Wilma Rudolph, John Thompson, Peter Westbrook, John Woodruff, etc. Also included are production files, interview transcripts, and outreach and publicity materials.

Dates

  • 1983-1986

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Some restrictions. Please contact Curator for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Extent

31.00 Linear Feet

31 boxes

Biographical or Historical Information

A production of Miles Educational Film Productions, Inc. and WNET/New York, Black Champions is a three-part documentary of the historic achievements by black athletes in 20th century America. From the early 1900s in Galveston, Texas, home of boxer Jack Johnson, to the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Black Champions brings to life the skills, challenges, and triumphs of not only those black athletes whose achievements are well-known, but those whose names are less familiar. Featured athletes include Arthur Ashe, Evelyn Ashford, Jim Brown, Alice Coachman-Davis, Angelo Dundee, Lee Elder, Curt Flood, William “Pop” Gates, Althea Gibson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Jacobs, William Johnson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Sydney Llewellyn, Earl Monroe, Archie Moore, Edwin Moses, Floyd Patterson, Eulace Peacock, Oscar Robertson, Mack Robinson, Wilma Rudolph, John Thompson, Peter Westbrook, and John Woodruff.

Part one of Black Champions, “Who Will Wear the Crown?,” examines early black participation in sports, focusing on the athletic departments of segregated black colleges during the first half of the century. Featured athletes include Josh Gibson, James Bell, Leroy Paige, Ralph Metcalfe, Ed Tolan, Cornelius Johnson, Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Fritz Pollard, Paul Robeson. Interviewed athletes include Jim Jacobs, Eulace Peacock, Mack Robinson, and John Woodruff.

Part two of Black Champions, “New Times: The Integration of American Sports,” explores black pioneers who became superstars in the white sports arena. Interviewed athletes include Jim Brown, Alice Coachman-Davis, Wilma Rudolph, Archie Moore, Floyd Patterson, Althea Gibson, Sydney Llewellyn, Oscar Robertson, and Mack Robinson.

Part three of Black Champions, “Looking for Tomorrow: Black Athletes and the Sporting Life,” focuses on the world of corporate sports and the financial and emotional pressures facing black superstars. Featured athletes include John Thompson, Early Monroe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lee Elder, Peter Westbrook, and Curt Flood. Interviewed athletes include Arthur Ashe, Sugar Ray Leonard, Evelyn Ashford, and Edwin Moses.

Related Materials

Title
Black Champions Production Papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Revision Statements

  • 2020 August 31: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Film & Media Archive Collecting Area

Contact:
Andy Uhrich
West Campus East Building. Lower Level (MSC 1061-141-B)
7425 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton MO 63105 US
(314) 935-5495