Black sports history fact #7

Let’s talk about track and field. An African-American man by the name of Jesse Owens suddenly became a hero in America after his performance at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. This was back when Adolph Hitler ruled Germany, and he thought that blacks, Asians and other races weren’t as good as whites. Jesse certainly proved Hitler’s racist remarks wrong by winning the gold medal in the long jump, the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. He also took home a fourth gold medal after running the first leg for the US team that ended up winning the 4×100-meter relay. Jesse was nicknamed the World’s fastest Man and was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 1976.



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