In an era far removed from the African American celebrity athletes of today, Olympic great Jesse Owens achieved fame by running faster and jumping farther than anyone in the world. Author Jacqueline Edmondson explores Owens' struggles and hard-earned accomplishments, as well as how he paved the way for future generations of athletes, including color-line shatterer Jackie Robinson.
Jacqueline Edmondson is Associate Professor of Education at Pennsylvania State University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in language and literacy education. She is the author of Condoleezza Rice: A Biography (Greenwood, 2006) and Venus and Serena Williams: A Biography (Greenwood, 2005).
"This extensive full-length biography series is specifically desigened for high school and for public libraries....Jesse Owens provides a vivid picture of a man who made Olympic history in 1936 by winning four gold medals for his track performances and set a record that stood for nearly two decades." - MultiCultural Review