Biography Of Jesse Owens

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Jesse Owens first Olympic appearance was in Germany during a very complicated time when a lot of people didn’t like what Adolph Hitler was doing. He was a track star at Ohio State, who won a record of eight individual national titles during 1935-1936. He was on the U.S. Olympic team in 1936 and went to the Olympics that was held in Berlin, Germany. This was when Hitler was gaining power throughout Germany. The Nazis didn’t like African Americans and were racist towards them. Hitler didn’t like Owens competing in the Olympics in Germany.
Owens then had one of the greatest Olympic performances of all-time. He won gold medals in the 100 meter and the 200 meter sprints, the 4 x 100 meter relay and the long jump. When Owens won the events he competed
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Following his successful collegiate career, Robinson served during WWII and played semi-professional football and in the Negro Leagues.
Robinson's play caught the eye of Dodgers president/general manager Branch Rickey, who wanted to integrate baseball. After playing in the minor leagues for a year, Robinson was called up in 1947 and played his first MLB game on April 15.
Opposing fans and ballplayers hurdled racial epitaphs, insults and death threats at Robinson, including unnecessary physical play by the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. The Cards, who threatened to strike rather than play against Robinson, gave Jackie a seven-inch gash in his left
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Robinson amazingly never fought back, instead letting his play on the field speak for itself. He won the MLB Rookie of the Year Award (1947), the National League MVP Award (1949) and was a six-time All-Star. Robinson's celebrity was so great that in 1950, he starred as himself in the Jackie Robinson Story.
He was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, was named to the MLB All-Century Team and his No. 42 is retired throughout pro baseball. He is also named one of the 100 Greatest African Americans by scholar Molefi Kete Asante.
Not only did Robinson break the color barrier, but he was a great catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement that took off in the 1950s-1960s. Robinson was at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington in 1963 with his son.
He had many business ventures to help advance his fellow blacks in commerce and industry. One notable company was the Jackie Robinson Construction Company to build housing for low-income
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