Sports images reveal the striking culture debate about race that were central to 20th-Century American life. The 1940s proved a pivotal time, a decade where African American athletes bucked prejudice and lay seeds toward significant changes in civil rights law.

Kota Ezawa, American (born Germany), born 1969
Brawl, 2008
Digital animation transferred to 16mm film, with soundtrack
4 minutes, 11 seconds
Courtesy the artist and Murray Guy Gallery, New York