Jesse Owens is one of my heroes. When I think of the world situation at the time of his outstanding achievements, I am awed. The background the author provides of his rural childhood in Oakville, Alabama and his transition to the large metropolitan city of Cleveland shows the resilient and determination that Jesse had. It provided him with numerous opportunities and advantages. Some of his crowning jewels were the four gold medals he won at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany in front of Hitler. During the 1930s there were no product endorsements for athletes as there are today. So after the Olympics he returned to Ohio State University with the intention of completing his college education to support his family. He found that making appearances and giving speeches was more to his liking so he dropped out of Ohio State and began to travel and talk to groups, including school children. He became a role model. His later accomplishments included being inducted into the Track and Field Hall of Fame, serving as the personal representative of President Eisenhower at the 1956 Olympic games in Australia, receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Ford, receiving the Living Legend Award from President Carter and receiving the Congressional Gold Metal from President George H. W. Bush. Even after his death, accolades were bestowed upon him. A street outside of the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany is named after him as well as a track stadium at Ohio State University, and a statue of him stands in Jesse Owens Plaza. He was truly a remarkable man. This is part of the "Journey to Freedom, The African American Library" Series. 2004, The Child's World, Ages 8 to 12.