On March 28, 1990, President George H.W. Bush posthumously awarded Olympian Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal.
It was well deserved and way too late.
Jesse Owens first garnered national attention when he was in High School at East Tech in Cleveland. He equaled the world record of 9.34 seconds in the 100 yard dash and long jumped 24 feet 9 and ½ inches at the 1933 National HS Championship in Chicago.
He excelled at The Ohio State University earning adoration and the nickname of the Buckeye Bullet.
And he kicked Nazi butt at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin winning four gold medals in 100 meter, 200 meter, 4 x 100 relay, and the long jump.
Hitler was not pleased.
But Jesse said this – “Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.”
After experiencing Nazi Germany’s hatred and racism, prejudice back home, and unnecessary judgment, he was able to leave us with this one too…”Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it, and you’ll start believing in it.”
Find the good today.