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Going the Distance

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Language Arts And English +10 Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old)

Discovery Theater is a pan-institutional museum theater dedicated to bringing theatre to young audiences and general visitors on and off the Mall since 1969.Race to the finish line with two black Olympians who changed history! Soaring music and the exhilaration of world-class sorts inspire us all to greatness in this vivid portrayal of the lives of Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph. Watch them overcome childhood illness, infirmity, and poverty to become the world’s fastest man and fastest woman, winning the greatest honor in athletics: the Olympic Gold medal. The John Cornelius II score speaks to the heart and soul of the winner in all of us.

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Discovery Theater

Jesse Owens

National Portrait Gallery

32c Jesse Owens single

National Postal Museum

Photograph of Jack Oakie and Jesse Owens

National Museum of African American History and Culture

25c Jesse Owens single

National Postal Museum

Photograph of Jack Oakie and Jesse Owens

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jesse Owens Wins his First Gold

Smithsonian Magazine

Photographic print of Carl Lewis with Jesse Owens and two others

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of Jesse Owens with a man and two boys at Allegheny County Airport

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Wilma Rudolph

National Portrait Gallery

Souvenir program for Wilma Rudolph Day

National Museum of African American History and Culture

23c Wilma Rudolph single

National Postal Museum

Delegate

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Munich Olympics

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Munich Olympics

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Münich Olympics

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Bronze participation medal for the 1936 Berlin Olympics

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Torch from the 1936 Berlin Olympics

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Germany 1936, IVth Olympic Games

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Ticket stub for the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Olympic Gold Medal, won by Bobby Morrow

National Museum of American History

1960 Olympic Bronze Medal for Men's 400M Hurdles awarded to Dick Howard

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Admission ticket for an athletic event at the 1960 Summer Olympics

National Museum of African American History and Culture

USA Olympic patch for the 1960 Summer Games in Rome owned by Dick Howard

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photograph of the 1960 Olympic Opening Ceremonies owned by Dick Howard

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Carl Lewis, Houston, 1991

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Gail Devers, LA 1996

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Untitled

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Untitled (2 children running, 2 cars)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Tommie Smith and John Carlos

National Portrait Gallery

Michael Johnson

National Portrait Gallery

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

National Portrait Gallery

Marathon Runner, [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

High Jump [sculpture] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Spear Thrower [sculpture] / (photographed by De Witt Ward)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Sprinter [sculpture] / (photographed by A. B. Bogart)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

National Museum of American History

Track shoes worn by Jackie Joyner-Kersee at the 1984 Olympic trials

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Wheaties box inscribed to Carl Lewis by Jackie Joyner-Kersee

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

National Museum of American History