2017 READING CHALLENGE RECOMMENDATIONS
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Carlo De Vito
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-- Title will publish in time to tie in with February's Black History Month and the Winter Olympic Games.
-- Jesse Owens was rated 6th greatest athlete of the 20th Century by ESPN; Sports Illustrated rated him 7th.
"Jesse Owens emerges in the long view of world history as the man who set the table for so many who later came to dinner. What he did was transcendent, how he lived was human." -- Dan Patrick, ESPN. Critical Lives: Jesse Owens will include coverage of: the sharecropper's son, the grandson of slaves; the college years -- Ohio State's Buckeye Bullet who lives off campus because of segregated dorms; the 1936 Olympics -- 70 minutes of athletic achievement, four Gold Medals, and "Deutschland Uber Allies"; the triumphant return -- feted nationwide, though not invited to the White House; the hard times -- the janitor who races a horse for money because "you can't eat four gold medals"; the Ambassador of Sports appointed by President Eisenhower who is labeled an "Uncle Tom" in the Sixties; and the Owens legacy -- the Jesse Owens Foundation and his work with young people and sports.
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