Just Like Jesse Owens

Just Like Jesse Owens
Danny Stock

Former 1st grade teacher and alumni parent Paula Young Shelton (Caleb ’13, Joshua ’17, and Noah ’22), blew the roof of the LMS FlexSpace during a Lower School assembly with a performance of her new book Just Like Jesse Owens, co-written with her father Ambassador Andrew Young. Students cheered at all the right places—“Yay!” “Go, Jesse, go!” “Wooooooo!” and “ROAR!”—as Paula described Jesse Owens’s race toward a record four gold medals at the 1936 Munich Olympics. Paula has been a regular substitute teacher in Lower School this year. Paula’s read-alouds have inspired a generation of young readers, and her first book, Child of the Civil Rights Movement, has helped illuminate the struggle for racial justice through a child’s eyes.

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Just Like Jesse Owens