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RAISED FISTS ON THE PODIUM – 1968 Olympic Protest – More than “Black Power”
January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RAISED FISTS ON THE PODIUM – 1968 Olympic Protest – More than “Black Power” is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Brandt Student Center, Ferrari Room. The photograph of Olympic Track and Field athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their black glove-covered fists on the podium at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games has become one of the most iconic images of athletes in American history. However, their act was much more than a spontaneous protest. In reality, Smith and Carlos were part of a much larger movement. This presentation by Brian Wigley will explore the little-known Olympic Project for Human Rights, the influence of prominent sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards, and more broadly, how athletics played a role in the Civil Rights Movement. For more information, please contact Jana Mangubat at firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is held as a part of our week long celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.