In honor of Black Hisotry Month, Mercury One is highlighting two amazing items from our collection that speak to the accomplishments of some of the greatest African American athletes of their time.
Jesse Owen’s – Four Gold Medals in the Face of Nazi Germany
Pictured below is the signature of Jesse Owens, alongside the names of other gold medalists from the 1936 Olympic Games.
Jesse Owens was one of the most prominent athletes in track and field history – a man who embodied impeccable talent and character.
At just twenty-two years old, Owens completed in the 1936 Olympic Games that took place in Berlin, Nazi Germany. As an African American man from Alabama, heading to Germany to compete against the Nazis and Hitler’s “superior race” must have benn exremely intimidating.
Owens was already a star in his sport in the United States – but in Germany, where racial tensions were at an all-time high, Owens had much to prove as he competed against top athletes from around the world.
Showcasing his talent tenfold, Owens won an astounding four gold medals. Though Owens’ performance in those games spoke for his athleticism, it was his outstanding caracter that spoke thorugh racial tension and highlighted who he was as a person.
Despite the events ocurring at the time, Jesse Owens chose to still believe in the good.
Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it, and you’ll start believing it.” – Jesse Owens
Our Sports Magazine – First Official “Black Sports Magazine”
Published in 1953, the Our Sports magazine was known to be the first official “Black Sports Magazine” and was edited by none other than baseball legend Jackie Robinson. At the time, African American athletes were becoming big names involved in most major professional sports.
The cover of this particular edition, Vol. 1, No. 5, highlights George Taliaferro, who was the first African American drafted by an NFL team. This edition also feature stories of rodeo legend Bill Pickeett, Michigan State halfback Leroy Bolden, and boxer Randy Turpin. This magazine only lasted five editions, so this particular is thought to be the very last ever printed.
Celebrate Black History Month with Mercury One
At Mercury One, we are thankful to every African American who has made our country so great. Without the many accomplishments of these brave men and women, the United States would not be what we are today: a country of freedom and hope.
We seek to embody their strong spirits and commitment in everything we do.
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