Most Influential People

By Parker Greene

Jesse Owens

He was born in Alabama at the age 9 and moved to the Granville section of Cleveland. His early life was marked by poverty and he was forced to take jobs such as delivering goods and working in a shoe repair shops. When he reached high school, he developed a passion for running with the help of his coach, Charles Riley. His coach encouraged him and helped him with the circumstances he lived in. Jesse lived in a time period where the nation was very segregated and when he traveled to run with his team, he had to do everything separately. He broke 3 world records and got many gold metals at the 1936 olympics.

"We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort."

Galileo Galilei

Galileo was an astronomer and a scientist who lived from 1564 to 1642. He was born into a very poor but noble family. Galileo developed the telescope and made many discoveries. He was sentenced to life imprisonment by the inquisition because he believed that the sun was the center of the solar system. He also made important discoveries about gravity, inertia and also developed the forerunner of the thermometer.

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr was a Baptist minister and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference , was the most prominent African American leader in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He grew up in the segregated world, which was hard for an African American like him. He hosted non violent boycotts to show the true meaning of being equal, not to mention he was an incredible influential speaker who changed the world with his words and actions. He remains symbolic of America’s fight for justice and racial equality.

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word."