Author Topic: Civil Rights Icon Tommie Smith at the 2019 Fullerton/Kathryn Classic tournament  (Read 2712 times)


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In 1968, Olympic medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowed their hands and raised their fists in the air.  The photograph of that event is one of the most iconic of the 1960s civil rights era.  The LA Times has said: "The photograph of their protest on the medals stand at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City ranks among the most unforgettable images in the history of sport."  There is a statue of that moment in the Smithsonian.  Tommie Smith was a California State University graduate and went on to earn a doctorate; he will be joining us at the awards assembly to distribute trophies and share some thoughts about the civil rights movement of his time, and any thoughts he has about civil rights and race relations today.  His stance has always been progressive and community building.  He was at ground zero of a watershed moment, and our hope is that his insight will give us all something to reflect on.

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