NASHVILLE --- A showing of Mr. Temple and the Tigerbelles, a documentary featuring legendary Tennessee State women’s track and field coach Ed Temple, is scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Downtown Main Nashville Public Library.
The 7 p.m. event is free and open to the public. The 40-minute documentary created by filmmakers Tom Neff and Shelley Hays boasts extremely rare footage of the Tigerbelles, as well as a stellar cast of interviewees, including Pulitzer Prize winning author David Maraniss, whose many books includes the critically acclaimed Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World. Nashville historians Dwight Lewis and Linda Wynn give important historical context to the documentary, which places the successes of the Tigerbelles firmly in the fomenting era of the civil rights era.
After the 7 p.m. screening, there will be a brief panel MC’d by Neff that will feature many of the Tigerbelles interviewed in the film, including Wyomia Tyus, the first person, male or female, to win a gold medal for the same event in consecutive Olympics (1964, 1968). Other Tigerbelles who will attend include Olympians Edith McGuire, Barbara Jones-Slater, Lucinda Williams-Adams, Chandra Cheeseborough-Guice, Nicole Williams and Patricia Hunter-May.
Others who are planning to attend include Coach Temple’s daughter Edwina Temple, Nashville historians Dwight Lewis and Linda Wynn, Headmaster of New Hope Academy Stuart Tutler, assistant Coach Samuel Abernathy, Nashville author Andrew Maraniss, and Terry Crawford, Director of Coaching, USA Track and Field.