A Moment in Time: Black History Edition

JESSE OWENS

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-disciple, and effort.”

::September 12, 1913 ~ March 31, 1980::

Nicknamed the “Buckeye Bullet,” Jesse Owens is notable the most famous athlete in track & field history and was a four-time Olympic gold medalist. Owens family moved up north from Alabama as part of the ‘Great Migration,’ and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a graduate of East Tech High School & THE Ohio State University. The significance of Owen’s first Olympic experience is that it was in 1936 in Berlin, Germany during the Holocaust. Many speculated that Hitler was upset that Owens had won, but in fact it was President Roosevelt who never acknowledged Jesse’s accomplishments.

**Please get to theaters this Friday to see the highly anticipated biopic of Jesse Owens, RACE!** I am expecting this inspiring film to be a box office hit.

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Fun Facts:

  • The New York Mets baseball team hired Owens as a running coach. (The Mets remained sorry, not even Owens could increase their speed)
  • Owens earned his gold medals in German-made track shoes handcrafted by the founder of Adidas.
  • In college Owens set THREE world records in a brief span of only 45 minutes. Including the worlds best record in the 220-yard dash and 220-yard low hurdles.
  • Last week, the Cleveland Cavaliers honored Jesse Owen’s daughter, Marlene Owens Rankin and the actor who portrayed him in the film, Stephen James

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Thanks to my buddy Chelsea for the assist. 

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