The 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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Who was credited for ending racial segregation in american professional wrestling?Correct
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Who became the first black woman to ever win the tennis Grand Slam?Correct
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In 1936, he became the first Africa-America to win four gold medals at a single Olympic games.Correct
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In 1947, he became the first African-American Major League Baseball player when he joins the Brooklyn Dodgers.Correct
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In 1958, he became the first African-american to play in the National Hockey League (NHL).Correct
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In 1960, she becomes the first African-American in the Olympics history to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.Correct
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In 1961, he becomes the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.Correct
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In 2012, she becomes the first African-American to win the individual “all-around” (gymnastic) event in the Summer Olympics.Correct
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First African-American woman to win an Olympic Gold.Correct
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In 1962, he became the first African-American PGA (Professional Golf Association) Tour member.Correct
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