Jesse Owens

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Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens was one of the most prestigious athletes of our time. His contribution to the sport of track and field has made him an American hero during an era when African Americans were discriminated against because of their race. He has opened the door for other African American athletes to have equality and opportunities in this country. The main objective of Jesse Owens bibliography was how his achievements at Ohio State University open the door for him to compete in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany despite all the obstacles that stood in the way, to return home and was discriminated against because of the color of his skin. Jesse Owens was born James Cleveland Owens on September 12, 1913 in Oakville, Alabama to parents whom was sharecroppers. During the Great Migration, when over a million African Americans left the segregated South, Jesse Owens and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio when he was about nine years old for more opportunities. His nickname was J.C., which was the initial of his first and middle name. When his teacher at his new school he attended in Cleveland, Ohio asks his name to input in the roll book, he stated J.C., but because of his strong southern accent, she thought he said Jesse, and he became known as Jesse Owens, a name he would live with for the rest of his life. Jesse Owens enjoyed running. He realized his passion for running due to the many different jobs he had growing up. He once stated “Running is freedom because you get to choose the direction you want to go”. Jesse Owens got his first taste of national attention when he attended East Technical High School in Cleveland where he equaled the world record of the 100 yard dash in which his timing was 9.4 second and his long-jump was recorded at 24 feet 9 1/2 inches at the 1933 National High School Championship in Chicago. Jesse Owens later attended Ohio State University. There he held several part time jobs to pay for school because there was no aid or...
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