Black Athlete Quiz

tommie-smithThe United States in 1968 was a tumultuous time.  With the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, a candidate for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, the atmosphere of the summer Olympics was tense.

The rage against Apartheid in South African also “filled the air”. Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists from the 200 meter winners podium. Many, at the time, believed that the “Black Power” salute had no place at the Games and the crowd booed the athletes.

 

 

 

 

 

The International Olympic Committee objected to the “fist salute” and removed Smith and Carlos from the Games, for the so-called political statement. However, the Nazi salute was not objected to at the 1936 games.

Tommie smith went on to set numerous world records and has had his non-violent protest celebrated .

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Smokin’ Joe Frazier

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College Football Coach, Super Bowl Winning Quarterback – Doug Williams

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11 time NBA Champion, 5 Time MVP – Bill Russell

 

 

 

 

 

 

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