Jesse Owens: Supreme Olympic Champion | Kofi Annan: World-Harmony-Leader

Upon receiving the Jesse Owens Global Award for Peace, the Secretary-General said:

…It is therefore with particular pride that I join you in honouring Jesse Owens tonight. To live is to choose. And if life is choices, then Jesse Owens’ life is an extraordinary example of what it is all about.

If there are any characteristics I try to summon up in the most important moments of my job, it is those of concentration, inner calm and respect for my adversaries. For most of us, all three are essential in going the distance and in staying on track. And so, as one of those inspired by Jesse’s example on and off the track, I am moved more than I can say by the honour you have bestowed on me tonight…