Jesse Owens was one of the greatest track stars – and one of the most beloved Olympians – of all time. In a year when hate threatened to overshadow the Olympic Games being held in Nazi Germany, Owens delighted the free world by winning four gold medals and destroying Adolf Hitler's notion that his Aryan athletes were superior to black competitors.
The photos taken of Owens at those 1936 games, and in the years before and after, depict an amazing athlete who has inspired generations of people of all races. In honor of Owens, we present a photo celebration of his life and legacy.
Jesse Owens (1913 - 1980) | Photo Gallery
Written by Linnea Crowther. Find her on Google+.