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Influential Figures of the Harlem Renaissance

  • Born

  • Owens does olympic tryouts

  • First american to win 4 gold medals in the Olympics

  • Becomes Assistant Personnel Director of African American workers, later promoted to director

  • Travels to India, Philippines, and Malaysia to lead running clinics, to promote economic and political freedoms of the U.S.

  • Memoir, Blackthink: My Life As A Black Man And A White Man Published

  • Introduced to U.S Track and Feild Hall of Fame

  • Highest Civilian honor: Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • Owens diagnosed with lung cancer

  • The Lord took his name: Owens dies

  • Memorial Plaza is decated outside Ohio Stadium