top of page

The Bright Path: The Johnny Bright Story

a film by Jerald B Harkness

USA/57 mins.

Website / Trailer:

From award-winning Indianapolis documentary filmmaker comes another winner about a winner. The film features the life and career of Johnny Bright, an African-American Drake University football player. Bright, who was a walk on at Drake University in 1949, smashed college football records during his sophomore and junior years. In 1951, his college career abruptly ended from an act of violence his senior year. Bright's story is one of resilience, and the documentary explores how he overcame racial obstacles to carve out his own path in life, and to become a Hall of Fame athlete and award-winning educator.


bottom of page