“Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.” Jesse Owens
b. 9-12-1913; Lawrence Co., Alabama
d. 3-31-1980; Tucson, AZ
Books/video about Jesse Owens
Jesse: The Man Who Outran Hitler by Jesse Owens - A remarkable self-portrait of the black man who carried this country to greatness in the 1936 Olympics. More than a retelling of the athletic triumphs and the personal tragedy of his life, Jesse is a remarkable spiritual pilgrimage.
Jesse Owens: An American Life by William Joseph Bake - In 1936, Jesse Owens became the man who showed up Hitler and his ideas of racial superiority at the 1936 “Nazi Olympics” in Berlin. Back home in the US, he faced all the frustrations of a talented black man whose name alone was enough to make money - for other people. This is a powerful biography of an athlete who never lost his dignity.
The Jesse Owens Story (1984) VHS -
100 Years of Olympic Glory (1996) VHS -
A Picture Book of Jesse Owens (Picture Book Biography) David A. Adler - book covers the athletic prowess, historic Olympic achievements, and rise to national prominence of a sharecropper’s son who had to work to overcome frustrations of prejudicial social systems at home and abroad, watercolors of Olympic scenes. Ages 4-8.
Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery (1998 VHS) - groundbreaking six hour series of surprising revelations, dramatic recreations, rare archival photography and riveting first-person accounts. Africans in America helps define the reality of slavery’s past through the insightful commentary of a wide range of voices, including General Colin Powell and leading scholars, and offers unparalleled understanding - from slavery’s birth in the early 1600s through the violent onset of civil war in 1860. Narrated by Angela Bassett; includes the voices of William Hurt and Andre Braugher. Winner 1998 Peabody Award.
LINKS FOR LEARNING: JESSE OWENS