Black History ‘Erryday’: Happy Birthday Jesse Owens (R.I.P.)

1936 Berlin

James Cleveland Owens 9/12/1913 Oakville, AL, 3/31/1980, Tucson, AZ.

Athlete and author.

Moved to Cleveland at age 9 and grew up there.

Nickname was J.C. but teacher heard as Jesse because of his southern accent.

Received the first sponsorship for a black male athlete.

Won 4 Olympic gold medals in Berlin in 1936.

He said:  “Hitler didn’t snub me–it was our president [FDR] who snubbed me.  The president didn’t even send me a telegram.”

He was not invited to the White House either.

Married with 3 daughters.

Peace, love, joy, gratitude, faith, courage, compassion, and blessings.



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