Untold Story of Jesse Owens/Ruby Elzy, African-American Music Star



Jesse Owens amazed crowds at the 1936 Olympics by single-handedly proving that Hitler’s idea of Aryan supremacy was incorrect. Join us on this hour of “All Sides” as sports reporter and author Jeremy Schaap will talk about his book that tells the story of Owens at the Olympic games where Owens made history.


  • Jeremy Schaap (author and ESPN host/correspondent)


On Sunday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m., WOSU is broadcasting “Jesse Owens Enduring Spirit,” a WOSU documentary.


Click here for more information on Schaap’s book: “Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics.”


Ruby Elzy was an African-American opera music star of the 1930s who was born in poverty but became one of the most acclaimed singers of her generation. Her biographer, David Weaver, will join us on this hour of “All Sides” to talk about an OSU Opera production about Elzy’s life and career.


  • David Weaver (author and Development Director, Ohioana Library)
  • Keyona Willis (soprano and student, OSU Doctorate of Musical Arts)

Join The Conversation

  • Dgwallace

    Bravo to Mr. Weaver! Quite the fascinating story and fun to listen to someone who is so passionate about it. As a Doctorate student and singer, it would’ve been nice had Ms. Willis been able to offer more insight but she didn’t even answer Ann’s only question to her. She had to re-ask it. Really looking forward to taking in this performance!