On September 12, 1913 in Oakville, Alabama a ordinary baby boy was born. That ordinary baby boy turned out to be a legend. Today I am going to talk about this legend. The legend who can out run a cheetah any day. Today I am going to talk to you about the famous Jesse Owens. Now sit back a read this paper to find out what you need to know about this legend Jesse Owens. Jesse Owens (born September 12, 1913) was the seventh child of his parents Henry and Emma Alexander Owens. He also had six other brothers and sisters Jesse Owens birth name was originally James Cleveland Owens then later changed to Jesse Owens and was nick named “The Buckeye Bullet”. Jesse went to Cleveland East Technical High School then graduated from college at Ohio State University. During his high school days, he won all of the major track events they had. Even though Jesse couldn’t afford Ohio State University (OSU) because they did not have a track scholarship at that time he still went. To keep up at OSU Jesse had to get a lot of jobs to support himself and his wife Ruth. He worked as a night elevator operator, a waiter, he pumped gas, worked in the library stacks, and served a stint as a page in the Ohio Statehouse, all of this in between practice and record setting on the field in intercollegiate competition.
Even after the big win for Jesse in Berlin Adolf Hitler never gave Jesse his victory handshake instead he just left the stadium and only congratulated the germen contestants because Adolf was racist. Jesse Owens got many awards in his days. In 1976 Jesse received the highest civilian honor in the United States when President Gerald Ford presented him with the Medal of Freedom in front of the members of the U.S. Montreal Olympic team in attendance. In 1979 he returned to the White House, where President Carter presented him with the Living Legend Award. The next year on March 31, 1980 Jesse Owens died from lung cancer in Tuscan, Arizona. Now today even after Jesse Owens death his legacy still live on. He has the Jesse Owens Foundation. The foundation providing financial assistance, support, and services to young individuals with untapped potential in order to develop their talents, broaden their horizons, and become better citizens. Now in conclusion that is what you need to know about Jesse Owens.
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