Jesse Owens

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Noun1.Jesse Owens - United States athlete and Black American whose success in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin outraged Hitler (1913-1980)Jesse Owens - United States athlete and Black American whose success in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin outraged Hitler (1913-1980)
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The Reverend Kevin W Cosby, a pastor at a Louisville church, likened Ali to other ground-breaking black athletes who advanced civil rights such as baseball player Jackie Robinson, boxer Joe Louis and track star Jessie Owens.
He also recalls his memories of Hitler shaking hands with Jessie Owens at the 1936 Olympics, and his early flying experiences.
Nazi Germany tried to use the 1936 Berlin Olympics to showcase Aryan superiority, but Hitler's hopes were frustrated by Jessie Owens, an African-American athlete who won four gold medals, and Ibolya Csak of Hungary, a Jewish woman who took the gold in the high jump.
Those who boycotted South Africa during the Apartheid era can be praised for doing so and yet had they been around to apply their beliefs in 1930's we would probably never have heard of Jessie Owens.