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Destination Dixie by Karen L. Cox
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it was amazing
bookshelves: must-have, books-about-jesse-owens
Recommended for: everyone

Fellow Lawrence County native, Barclay Key, reflects on his personal experience that fueled his passion to write the essay “From ‘Lawrence County Negro’ to National Hero: The Commemoration of Jesse Owens in Alabama.” In his essay, Key argues, despite Owens’ historical significance, many local whites contested attempts to commemorate him in his native Lawrence County, Alabama. Local officials actively stalled efforts to honor Owens. Although the Jesse Owens Park and Museum did become a reality, as Key shows, it required many years of effort laden with controversy, and in the end it succeeded through the interracial cooperation of two unlikely friends. The entire book is fantastic and worth adding to your collection.

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