Joe Louis and Jesse Owens

Joe Louis and Jesse Owens

Joe Louis and Jesse Owens were born less than a year apart from each other, both children of sharecroppers, grandchildren of slaves. They rose to the top of their respective sports in an era when racism would do all to push black athletes from rising.

In the photograph, you can see the distinct difference of their personalities quite clearly. Jesse is smiling, Joe has a pensive stare. But though they were different, the two were great friends.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/05/25/sports/perspective-a-special-bond-between-champions.html?pagewanted=all