American track and field athlete Archie Williams at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Archie Williams at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin

African American athlete Archie Williams competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. He won the gold medal in the 400-meter race. The US team was the second largest to compete in the 1936 Summer Olympic Games with 312 members, including 18 African Americans. 


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