Samuel Gompers? Sure, he is a famous American who, as a founder of the American Federal of Labor, deserves to be remembered and honored. But Jesse Owens resonates more with the West Pullman community that was served by the school. Owens was the African-American track star who crapped all over Adolph Hitler's fantasy about the superior aryan race by winning gold medals at the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin.
The good news is that support is growing for bringing back the Jesse Owens
name. Some people charge that ditching the name in the first place was a sign of racism. Perhaps. But I also suspect that some idiot at CPS thought that a labor leader deserves more recognition. Clearly, the idiot was wrong.
By the way, we must take note that native Chicagoan Ralph Metcalfe came in a close second in the sprint behind Owens. Metcalfe
became a prominent Chicago politician and has one of the Chicago downtown federal buildings named after him. My own view is that Metcalfe never got the full boat recognition that he also deserved for shoving it to Hitler.
Here's the race:
Hitler has to sit there and watch: