Jesse Owens: Blackthink: My Life as Black Man and White Man

(1970)

In 1970 the U.S. Olympian track-and-field athlete Jesse Owens published Blackthink: My Life as Black Man and White Man, reflecting on his life and career and discussing the civil rights conflicts of the day. Owing to his sports achievements, Owens was a national hero in the United States. Despite his fame, when he returned home from the 1936 Olympics, the climate of race relations in the United States had made it difficult for him to secure employment or translate his sporting success into material gains. He believed that the Black Power radicals had benefited greatly from the...

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Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics (Library of Congress)

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