Jesse Owens- Mini Biography

Discover how Jesse Owens paved the way for African American athletes as a track and field legend, while still challenged by the obstacles of a segregated American society during the mid-twentieth century.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • This is an excellent resource to reference during Black History Month or in reviewing influential figures in African American history
Classroom Considerations

  • Queue video to skip third-party advertisement
  • Learners should have some familiarity with Adolph Hitler and his promotion of the Aryan race prior to beginning the video
Pros

  • Reviews Owens' major accomplishments, including participation in the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin
  • Includes interview excerpts discussing Owens' lasting legacy
Cons

  • None
Common Core