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McKelvey School of Engineering

​Preserving the Interviews with African American Athletes

Friday, April 30 | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

William Miles’ 1986 three-part TV program Black Champions is a classic of the sports documentary genre, partially for its interviews with African American athletes, and American heroes, including Althea Gibson, Curt Flood, Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Wilma Rudolph. While the original series is, unfortunately, difficult to see, the Washington University Libraries has preserved the full-length versions of the 32 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 34 year 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.

Free and open to all, pre-registration required.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Arts & Culture, Humanities & Society



University Libraries
Event Contact

Andy Uhrich | jauhrich@wustl.edu

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