John Carlos (right) and Tommie Smith (center) showing the Black Power salute in the 1968 Summer Olympics while silver medalist Peter Norman (left) wears an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge to show his support for the two Black Americans. The stand that John Carlos and Tommie Smith took on the victory stand at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City launched a new era in sports activism. Hear Dr. John Carlos speak at Democratic Socialism 2007, Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 2PM and 7PMA friend of mine will be attending this conference. The three major issues to be addressed are:
- Racism in America
- Poverty in America
- International human rights
I would love to hear John Carlos and Tommie Smith speak. They were seen as being un-American after they raised their fist in protest of American oppression and racism. I recall reading about them as a grade school student. Then, unlike now, I feared what they represented; however, as I got older, I realized that 1960s America could not expect oppressed black people to win golds and silvers for them. Also, many blacks did not want to fight in the Vietnam War as a protest to America’s love of Jim Crow. We as Americans have come a long way. The power of Christ’s love is great!!!