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Jesse Owens

James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens (September 12, 1913March 31, 1980) was an American track and field athlete and four-time Olympic gold medalist in the 1936 Games.

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One out of four Olympic Track and field events that Jessie Owens competed in in the 1936 olympics. Here he is in lane 1 leading from the starts.

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After winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics, back home in America, because of segregation, Jesse Owens was asked to ride a hotel’s freight elevator to get to a reception being held in his honor.

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