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Sports as a Microcosm of Society: Racism and Antisemitism
Sports functions as a microcosm of society in many ways–as a place where racism is perpetuated, and also a place where shared humanity is experienced.
The 2016 film RACE (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3499096/, starring Stephan James) tells the story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest for gold at the 1936 Olympics set him in a face-off with Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.
As part of the community observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the African American Community Service Agency and Jewish Silicon Valley join in sponsoring a virtual screening of RACE, along with a virtual panel discussion.
When you register, you’ll receive a link that will allow you to watch the film free of charge, anytime on April 1, 2 or 3. After April 3, the film can be found on Amazon Prime.
The panelists for the April 8 discussion include Akilah Carter-Francique, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change at SJSU, Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper, Caleb Simmons, SJSU Basketball, and UCLA gymnast Sara Taubman. The panel will be followed by Zoom break-out discussions.
This program is proudly supported by the Israel Engagement Fund: A JCC Association of North America Program Accelerator, made possible by the generosity of several committed donors.