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Dreams To Reality Take Determination

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The Jesse Owens movie that is coming out is a reminder of the importance of dreams and a person’s determination to follow those dreams. We often forget his story and how he helped break down race barriers in a quiet way with his dreams and determination.

He attended Ohio State University without a scholarship, working several jobs, married, and found time to practice and compete. All this in an era when it would have been unusual and challenging for an African-American to attend an NCAA school like Ohio State.

Kathy worked with one of his grandchildren who told her that Jessie Owens was a quiet and humble man. He worked as a playground supervisor giving back to children and providing a positive role model for young people to follow. Jimmy Carter suggested Jessie Owens did more to break down racial barriers through his determination and his efforts were “a prelude to helping others.”

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I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

6 responses »

  1. Jesse Owens was quite simply an inspiration to so many young people irrespective of colour. His determination brought glory to America and his quiet dignity in the face of so much hatred both at home and in Germany was a lesson to all.

  2. For a country founded on freedom, we have a checkered past. Jim Thorpe preceded Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson followed his footsteps in the 1950’s. Thorpe an American Indian was shipped off to asegregated school. Babe Ruth or Jim Thorpe were considered the greatest athletes of the 20th century or at least the first 50 years.

    These brave men paid a heavy price to integrate sports. Jackie died early, aged so quickly for the burden he shouldered.

    Sports seems to always be ahead our society. The racial barriers were crossed in sport first then society followed later.

    • As you say Marty, sports seems to always be ahead of society and provides many heros for us. In Canada, we have Willie O’Ree who crossed the racial barrier in the NHL when he played for the Boston Bruins. He continues to be a spokesman and ambassador speaking to young hockey players and families.

  3. Many years ago I visited the replica of his childhood home in Alabama,and heard about the crowded life of ten children in a very small house where they slept on the floor. He really is a great example of what can be done with sheer determination since he was so frail and sick as a child. We all need examples of that kind of hope.


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