Jesse Owens – Respect

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The book Jesse Owens World’s Fastest Human is a part of the Alabama Roots Biography Series.

After reading the book, I gained a greater respect for Jesse Owens.  He was born in rural Alabama and lived in poverty during his childhood.

He grew up in Ohio, was able to attend a local high school, and was on the track team.  However, he was not allowed to eat or use the same facilities as his teammates.

At Ohio State University, Jesse Owens was the star of the university track team.  He broke numerous records and helped the school become national contenders in the sport.  In spite of all his success, the team would not allow him to eat with the white students and the university refused to allow Jesse the opportunity to live in the dorm.

To his credit, Jesse never allowed his impoverished background or the daily discrimination to stop him from achieving his goals.

He also refused to allow the Nazi propaganda to stop him from achieving his dream of winning a gold medal in the Olympics.  In fact, Jesse Owens won several gold medals and shattered world records at the Olympic games in Berlin, Germany, in 1936.

I respect Jesse Owens for his tenacity, bravery, and discipline.

 

12 thoughts on “Jesse Owens – Respect

  1. I respect him too while feeling nothing but contempt for those who tried to make him a second class citizen while using his prowess to further themselves.For the life of me I can’t understand why there are people who still feel that way.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  2. A good reminder of local discrimination. Most accounts of Jesse Owens that I have read/seen focused totally on the Nazi belief in their own supremacy, and how he destroyed that theory. We should always remember that white supremacy existed (albeit through discrimination) on this side of the Atlantic also.

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