TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) – Early Friday morning, 500 students from Jefferson High School in Tampa took a short walk to see a race. Actually, it was the movie “Race.”
The film explores the life and times of 1936 Olympic athlete Jesse Owens, once the fastest man in the world. Jefferson’s principal says it’s an opportunity to teach Black History Month outside the classroom.
“Students love seeing movies, but this may not be a movie they would choose to see,” Robert Quinn said.
During the movie Friday, there was cheering, laughing and a lot of silence too. Many of these students learned about Owens and Nazi Germany for the very first time.
Jamarcus Harris was among them. “It motivated me, because I do the same events he do and so it motivated me a little but more knowing like his history,” Jamarcus said.
Teachers say this is the best kind of field trip. “It makes students really understand or connect with what they’re learning in the classroom, outside of the classroom,” teacher Ivy Shipp-Washington said. Students agreed and all took home something different from the film.
Princess Bowen learned, “Don’t stop fighting for what you love.”
CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT JESSE OWENS:
- Jesse Owens Museum
- Jesse Owens Foundation
- 1936 Olympia Movie
- Jesse Owens Obituary
- Ohio State Owens Collection