The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens' grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus. The story of the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion, Jesse Owens is also about the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them once they don't.
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We have the pleasure to announce that the AMERICAN EXPERIENCE film "Jesse Owens" has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Research at the 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards.
"American Experience prides itself on rigorous research for each of our films. We are proud that the production team was recognized with the News and Documentary Emmy Award," said AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Executive Producer Mark Samels. Jesse Owens premiered in May of 2012 and is streaming for free on our website.