Joe Louis

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  • Joe Louis
  • You need a lot of different types of people to make the world better.
  • Accomplishments
  • I made the most of my ability and I did my best with my title.
  • Importance
  • Once that bell rings you're on your own it's just you and the other guy.
  • Joe Louis was born in a shack outside of Lafayette, Alabama on May 3 1914. The grandson of slaves, he was the seventh of eight children born to Munroe Barrow a sharecropper, and Lillie Barrow. Louis family was poor. He and his siblings slept three and four to a bed. When Joe was two years old his father committed to a asylum. He went to Bronson Vocational School. While in school, he played the violin.
  • Joe became boxing's heavyweight champion with his defeat of James J. Braddock in 1937. Nicknamed the "Brown Bomber," his knockout of Germany's Max Schmeling in 1938 made him a national hero. He also established a record by retaining the championship for twelve years. Joe was on the magazine for boxer of the year and was the first boxer honored on a U.S. postage stamp.
  • Joe was important because he was widely regarded as the first African American to achieve the status of a nationwide hero within the U.S. He was also a focal point of anti-Nazi sentiment leading up to and during WWII. Lastly, he was very important in integrating the game of golf. Joe broke the sport's color barrier in America by appearing under a sponsor's special privileges in a PGA event in 1952.
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