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Re: Remembering the Berlin Olympics and Beyond
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I remember the 1968 Summer Olympics because of Tommie Smith. He ran the
Then Tommie Smith took the winner's stand. Head down, black gloved fist
My coaches thought Tommie Smith's actions were inappropriate and immature. They were not going to allow that kind of behavior in their program. They forced me to make a decision; athletics or academics. I was a mediocre athlete so the choice was easy.
Looking at that famous photograph of Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the other African-American medalist, thirty-two years later, I see more than a moment in history. I see the anguish of the Ancestors of hundreds of years ago. Two African-American men are using a world stage to strike a pose; similar to so many pictures of slave auction blocks and lynchings.
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