UNION, NJ – The last event in Union’s Black History Film Festival took place on Saturday with a viewing of the movie, “Race” at the Union Public Library.
The movie is a biographical sports drama about an African American athlete. Jessie Owens won a record-breaking four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The film focuses on just two years of Owens’ story, which unfolds during a key moment in history – a time when the Nazi party had recently come to power in Germany. Owens’ success struck a blow against Hitler’s Olympic ambitions.
“This is a story about equality, perseverance, and challenging racism,” said Township of Union Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio. “Moreover, it’s about Jessie Owens’ rise to become an unsung hero. Of the Western world’s great black icons, which include Dr. Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali and Nelson Mandela, Jessie Owen’s should not fall far behind.”