He would forever be known as Jesse Owens, not by his given name. He would go on to win four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin…
It made headlines throughout the United States that Adolf hitler, who had watched the races, had refused to shake hands with Owens, as he had with white medalists. But Owens found that in Nazi Germany, he had been able to stay in the same quarters and eat with his white teammates, something he could not do in his home country.
Upon return, there was a ticker-tape parade in New York. Afterward, he was forced to ride the freight elevator to his own reception at the Waldorf-Astoria.
"I wasn’t invited to shake hands with Hitler," he wrote in his autobiography. "But I wasn’t invited to the White House to shake hands with the President either."