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On This Day In Sports: Tommie Smith and John Carlos Are Suspended For “Black Power” Salute During 1968 Olympic Medal Ceremony

On this day in sports: October 18, 1968 U.S Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos are suspended by the U.S Olympic Committee for their political statement made during the medal ceremony at the 1968 Mexico City Games the previous day. The Gold and Bronze Medal winners, wearing a black leather glove, long black socks, and no shoes simultaneously raised their gloved fist displaying the universal symbol of “Black Power” in protest of the inequality between African American’s and the rest of the citizens of the United States.

The gesture created mixed emotions for the two medal winning sprinters. Supporters praised the two men for their bravery and willingness to make the statement on such a large public stage, while those not in agreement went as far as to make serious death threats towards the two men and their families.

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October 18, 2010 - Posted by | This Day In Sports, Track and Field

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