Season 24, Episode 7 Jesse Owens: American Experience

First Aired: May 1, 2012

Andre Braugher narrates a profile of Jesse Owens (1913-80), the legendary track athlete who upended Adolf Hitler's goal of using the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a showcase for the superiority of Aryan athletes by winning four gold medals. Following the games, Owens was stripped of his amateur standing for skipping an Amateur Athletic Union tour of Europe and returning home. Included: insights from Owens' daughters Beverly and Marlene.

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  • Premiered: October 4, 1988
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen… (more)

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