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Daemon
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Jesse Owens (1913)

Owens was an African-American track-and-field star famous for his performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, where he claimed four gold medals in the presence of Adolf Hitler and Nazi leaders, who had hoped the games would promote their idea of racial superiority. Though hailed as a hero, Owens faced segregation upon his return to the US, even suffering the humiliation of having to use a freight elevator to attend a reception in his honor. How did he earn a living after the Olympics? More...
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Looks like Owens' battle against racial supremacy was not limited to Germany alone.
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Surprised that Mr. Jesse Owens died from lung cancer!

He smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 35 years.

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MechPebbles wrote:
Looks like Owens' battle against racial supremacy was not limited to Germany alone.


That was FDR's New Deal.Whistle Whistle
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He decided to capitalize on his success by returning to the United States to take up some of the more lucrative commercial offers.
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Owens said,
"Hitler didn't snub me – it was FDR who snubbed me. The president didn't even send me a telegram."
Hitler sent Owens a commemorative inscribed cabinet photograph of himself.


I wouldn't want a photo of Hitler, but it was an acknowledgement. FDR refused to shake Owens' hand. Shame on you

That commemorative inscribed cabinet photograph of Adolf Hitler is probably worth a lot of money now. Think
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Thanks for this article. A real black life then. Great athlete, can't really get away from this world. I wonder what kind of life he would have had he been white.

Not a bad life compared with lots of black and white folks.
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Daemon wrote:
Jesse Owens (1913)

Owens was an African-American track-and-field star famous for his performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, where he claimed four gold medals in the presence of Adolf Hitler and Nazi leaders, who had hoped the games would promote their idea of racial superiority. Though hailed as a hero, Owens faced segregation upon his return to the US, even suffering the humiliation of having to use a freight elevator to attend a reception in his honor. How did he earn a living after the Olympics? More...


Somebody beat me to the Hitler quote....

It is an interesting observation. Both FDR and Hitler being sociopaths...

Why do we care so much about sociopaths?
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He inspires me...
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Who really snubbed 1936 Olympic champion Jesse Owens?

When Owens came home from his success in Nazi Germany, he faced barriers that he would not face today. After the ticker-tape parades, he received no Hollywood offers, no endorsement contracts, and no ad deals. His face didn't appear on cereal boxes. Three years after his victories in Berlin, a failed business deal forced Owens to declare bankruptcy. He made a modest living from his own sports promotions, including racing against a thoroughbred horse. After moving to Chicago in 1949, he started a successful public relations firm. Owens was also a popular jazz disc jockey for many years in Chicago.

Hitler did shun a black American athlete at the 1936 Games, but it wasn't Jesse Owens. On the first day of the Olympics, just before Cornelius Johnson, an African American althlete who won the first gold medal for the U.S. that day, was to receive his award, Hitler left the stadium early. (The Nazis later claimed it was a previously scheduled departure.) Prior to his departure, Hitler had received a number of winners, but Olympic officials informed the German leader that in the future he must receive all of the winners or none at all. After the first day, he opted to acknowledge none. Jesse Owens had his victories on the second day, when Hitler was no longer in attendance. Would Hitler have snubbed Owens if he had been in the stadium on day two? Perhaps. But since he wasn't there, he didn't.

Ironically, the real snub of Owens came from his own president. Even after ticker-tape parades for Owens in New York City and Cleveland, President Franklin D. Roosevelt never publicly acknowledged Owens' achievements (gold in the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400 meter relay, and long jump). Owens was never invited to the White House and never even received a letter of congratulations from the president. Almost two decades passed before another American president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, honored Owens by naming him “Ambassador of Sports” — in 1955.


http://german.about.com/library/blgermyth10.htm

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Great runner...........
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