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Sport & Social Justice Lecture: Tommie Smith

Tommie Smith: Running a Sub-20 200 and Speaking through Silence

At the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, sprinter Tommie Smith (who had just broken the 20-second barrier in the 200 m race) raised his fist to protest the violations of civil rights  in American society.  The 2nd and 3rd place finishers, Peter Norman and John Carlos, joined Smith in his silent protest. Dr. Smith will share his experiences as an athlete activist and discuss their protest, which he called "a cry for freedom and for human rights.