The Power Of The Fist: 50 year anniversary of Tommie Smith’s Olympic protest

Exactly 50 years ago today, two track-and-field stars, who had just been awarded medals at the 1968 Olympic Summer Games in Mexico City, bowed their heads and raised their Black clenched fists in the air while the whole world watched in amazement.

Since that day, those two men, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, have become beloved icons with statues erected in their honor and their names solidified in the history books as legends.

While the current political climate in this country has been...


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