It was an honor and an experience to join the Sousa Mendes Foundation on a panel discussing the legacy of Jesse Owens and the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany. I was blessed to have been accompanied on the panel by STUART OWEN RANKIN, the grandson of the Olympic legend himself: Jesse Owens.
"Jesse Owens, the son of Alabama sharecroppers, was the Olympic champion who defeated Nazi ideology in Hitler’s stadium. He later served on the Board of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Meet his grandson, Stuart Owen Rankin, who will be in dialogue with Lori Weintrob, historian and Director of the Wagner College Holocaust Center. Representing the International Olympics Committee on the panel is Anita L. DeFrantz, a US Olympic medalist and Vice-President of the IOC."
I hope you enjoy this historical discussion as I did, while remembering the life and times of Mr. Jesse Owens.
Official blog of author, athlete, and IOC official, Ms. Anita DeFrantz.