John Carlos [a reblog]

John Carlos (1945- ), a Black American runner, won the bronze medal for the 200m dash at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. It was he and gold-medal winner Tommie Smith who held up their black-gloved fists in a Black Power salute as the US national anthem played. That was Plan C. Plan A was a […]

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  1. nosyjosie · August 22

    I learned the hushed part of this story just a month or two ago – about the white guy in the picture. Do you know it too? If not, I’ll share a source with you!

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  2. elvagreen123 · August 22

    It’s funny, not in a haha way, that I have forgotten a whole lot about 1968, being a single mother with a two year old and no job, but I still remember Carlos and Smith. They loom large in my memory. I realize today that I felt pride then and now.

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  3. K E Garland · August 23

    A company called Reminder Wear sells Tommie Smith T-shirts that you might like.

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    • kelley · August 24

      Thank you! What a cool brand! I’d actually wear all of their shirts! hehe

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