Alabama, Owens walked down the tourists gang plank with his wife at his side amidst wild cheers.
When interviewed at the home of Bill Robinson, widely known Negro dancer he expressed strong opposition to the jim-crow bars which keep Negroes out of all professional sports. He says, “After all, since we are all Americans, Negroes should have a chance in every sport. Certainly the showing of Negroes in track events shows that if they have half a chance, they produce the goods”.
Jesse's dad said,“My boy is a fine respectful boy, the kind that the white folks down “ Alabama way really love. I know he's not smart alecky ” . He explained about his son's name saying: “ I tell them, his name is just J.C., not John Cleveland Owens or Jesse Owens, just the plain letters J.C. When my boy went to grade school, they began calling him Jesse and it stuck. Later, they gave him the name of John Cleveland. Its wrong when J.C. is all I named him.” He told his interviewers that when he was a boy he could outrun all his playmates down in dixie himself.