- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - A resolution honoring Ohioan and Olympic athlete Jesse Owens has been approved by the U.S. Senate.

Ohio senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman on Friday announced approval this week of the measure introduced by Brown and co-sponsored by Portman. It recognizes Owens’ athletic accomplishments and his commitment to promoting civil rights.

Brown said in a release that the athlete who won four Olympic gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Games became a “global icon” when he discredited the theory of Aryan supremacy and embarrassed the Nazi regime. Portman said Owens stood up to tyranny and the medals won in Berlin made him an American hero.

Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama, in 1913. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio at age 9 and died in Tucson, Arizona, in 1980.


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