Jesse Owens’ Daughters Pay Tribute to Their Father’s Legacy


Jesse Owens’ daughters, from left, Marlene Owens Rankin, Beverly Owens Prather and Gloria Owens Hemphill, stand in front of a statue of their father at the Jesse Owens Memorial Park in Oakville, Alabama, Thurs., Oct. 27, 2006, at a gathering to pay tribute to his legacy. Twenty-five volunteers from north Alabama Hampton Hotels landscaped, primed and painted at the park. Hampton Hotels will contribute more than $38,000 toward reviving this historical landmark, which is the 25th roadside attraction refurbished by Hampton’s “Save-A-Landmark” program. Hampton has provided more than $1.5 million for restoration of America’s roadside treasures since its inception in 2000.

Jesse Owens (Sept. 12, 1913 – Mar. 31, 1980) was one of the world’s greatest track and field athletes. Owens is remembered for one stunning week in 1936, when he won four track and field gold medals at a single Olympics. The Summer Games that year were held in Berlin, where Nazi leader Adolf Hitler seemed determined to display the superiority of the German “Aryan” race. Owens, an African-American, put that notion to rest with victories in the 100- and 200-meter dash, the broad jump and the 4×100-meter relay. The performance made him both an Olympic hero and a lasting symbol of black pride.

Via U.S. Newswire

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