DANVILLE, AL (WAFF) - When you think "Olympic champions" from North Alabama, Jesse Owens comes to mind. He's an Oakville native who dispelled the racist propaganda with grace and finesse.
A replica of Jesse Owens' homestead shows humble beginnings. A time line traces his life beginning with his birth in 1913.
Jesse ran through high school and at Ohio State, breaking many records while still experiencing racism.
The pinnacle of his success was in Berlin at the 1936 Olympic games.
He won the gold in running, long jump and relay, shattering Adolf Hitler's theory of Aryan supremacy.
While Owens got a ticker tape parade and other prizes, he still faced hard times getting work at home.
Jesse Owens was a personal hero to many.
In the mid 1960's, Owens gave a speech at Calhoun College. After the speech, there was a line of children wanting an autograph.
There was also a reporter standing nearby who wanted to pull him away for an interview.
Owens told him he would have to wait until every autograph was signed. That reporter waited and the kids got their autographs.
Jesse Owens, Olympic champion, hero and gentleman - one of the many legends in Bobby's Bama.