Jesse Owens: Never Give Up!

Jesse Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama. His father was a sharecropper and his grandfather had been a slave.

Life was not easy for Jesse and his family, but Jesse Owens never gave up.


To help his family earn money Jesse began working in the fields. At age seven he picked 100 pounds of cotton a day.

No one knew it, but this hard working boy would grow up to be one of the world’s greatest athletes.


At age nine Jesse and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio.

It was here that Jesse discovered his athletic talent. He soon began racing with his school’s track and field team.


FAZ Reading Level Detail

Lexile Score 710
Word Count 310

Ready to try
FarFaria for FREE?

Now available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Get the App

Read Again

Read the rest of this story in FarFaria today!

With the FarFaria app you get:

  • Unlimited access to over 1000 books.
  • New books each week.
  • Professional narration of each book, with word highlighting.
  • Offline access to up to 50 of your Favorite books.
Get the App

Get the App