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Canadian Track and Field Star (01:49)


Harry Jerome was born in Saskatchewan in 1940. His family moved to Vancouver BC when he was 12. He ran the 100-meter dash in 9.9 seconds in high school. He competed in the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, but was injured.

Overcoming Stereotypes (03:28)

The media emphasized negative stereotypes about Jerome’s blackness. He tore a muscle at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, but recovered and won medals in the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, and the Pan-American Games. He ran the 100-yard dash in 9.1 seconds.

Role Model (03:02)

Top athletes from around the world compete in the Harry Jerome International Track Classic. Jerome was a track star, an advocate for human rights, and a teacher.

Credits: Harry Jerome: The Fastest Man on Earth (01:16)

Credits: Harry Jerome: The Fastest Man on Earth

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Harry Jerome: The Fastest Man on Earth

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Never, ever give up. Canadian Harry Jerome overcame racism to reach the heights of track-and-field success. When an injury threatened to end his career, Jerome trained diligently and went on to achieve one of the greatest comebacks in sports history. Made especially for elementary and middle-school classes, this film features two young students who guide us through Jerome’s life, the challenges he faced and his legacy—which includes the Harry Jerome International Track Classic, an event that brings together youth and adults in a celebration of track and youth fitness. Learn more about how you can use this film in the classroom and explore themes of heroism, leadership, and community building through the accompanying educator’s guide: Harry Jerome: The Fastest Man on Earth. Visit to download the Harry Jerome educator’s guide. (Harry Jerome is based on the feature documentary Mighty Jerome, written and directed by Charles Officer.)

Length: 11 minutes

Item#: FMK190478

Copyright date: ©2011

Closed Captioned

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