African American Hero of the Day

African American Almanac
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Who was the athlete whose success was an insult to Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler?

  • His given name was James Cleveland, but he went by the initials J. C., which were later mispronounced, resulting in the name by which he became known.
  • He first astounded the world when he was still in high school by running the 100-meter dash in 10.3 seconds.
  • He broke three world records at the Big Ten Championships in 1935.
  • Hitler refused to present him with the gold medals he won at the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin.

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