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1968 Olympics, Boxing, George Foreman, John Carlos, Tommie Smith -

George Foreman, a Texan by birth and girth, has been a fascinating, sometimes bewildering slice of the American culture for five decades. Puncher, preacher, pitchman — Foreman has worn many hats and belts, including that of oldest world heavyweight champion in history when he was 45. During a troubled youth, Foreman dropped out of high […]

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This week the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in U.S. Olympic history: the demonstration by Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the victory stand at the Mexico City Games. Another significant moment unfolded on Oct. 18, 1968, when the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) ordered Smith and Carlos to […]

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1968 olympics, black athlete, black gloved protest, john carlos, kaepernick, nfl, protest, tommie smith -

Before Colin Kaepernick was born, a couple of black dudes, John Carlos and Tommie Smith, raised a couple of black-gloved fists to the sky as the U.S. national anthem played after they earned a couple of Olympic medals in Mexico City. They were protesting racial injustice and inequality during a decade in which Martin…

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Colin Kaepernick, Jim Brown, John Carlos, Pots And Pans, Tommie Smith -

When Jim Brown ran on the football field, he moved with power, grace and speed. During his career, he rushed for a then career-record 12,312 yards and starred on the Cleveland Browns’ last NFL championship team in 1964, one of eight years he led the NFL in rushing during a nine-year career. But it was […]

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Fritz Pollard, John Carlos, John Wooten, NFL, Protest, Race, Social Activism -

Five decades before a backup NFL quarterback used the national anthem to tell America it can do better — enraging a U.S. president and millions of others, suffering the personal and professional consequences — John Carlos did the same. He was the original. He paid his dues, put in the time, working for social change […]

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50 Greatest, Alice Coachman, Allen Iverson, Althea Gibson, Barry Bonds, Commentary, Harrison Dillard, Jack Johnson, John Carlos, Kobe Bryant, Lawrence Taylor, Lisa Leslie, O.J. Simpson, Sheryl Swoopes, Tiger Woods, Tommie Smith -

The list is complete. The 50 Greatest Black Athletes have been determined by the public — 10,350 adults whom SurveyMonkey polled to decide who should be considered the best of the best in black athletic supremacy based upon four factors: overall ranking, dominance, inspiration and impact on society. For months, debates have swirled in The […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Boxing, George Foreman, John Carlos, Mexico City Olympics 1968 -

The 1968 Olympics heavyweight boxing title in Mexico City was pegged the “Cold War clash.” In one corner was 29-year-old Ionas Chepulis of the Soviet Union. In the other corner, standing 10 years his junior, was George Foreman, representing the United States. “When I look back at the fight, all I can remember was how […]

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Athlete Activism, Colin Kaepernick, John Carlos, Social Activism -

When John Carlos raised his fist in the iconic Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, it wasn’t just a moment, it was a movement. “What happens if they shoot us?” asked Tommie Smith, as they prepared to take the podium, a valid question because of the recent assassinations of African-American leaders […]

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Jesse Owens, John Carlos, Mexico City Olympics 1968, Rio Olympics 2016, Spencer Haywood, Tommie Smith -

Long before “The Dream Team” — the collapse and rise of USA Basketball with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant leading Team USA into the 2016 Rio Olympics — there was Spencer Haywood. Haywood was a relatively unknown member of the USA Basketball team that lacked lots of black talent during the […]

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John Carlos, NCAA, Olympics, San Jose State Spartans, Tommie Smith -

Nearly 48 years ago, Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the podium during the 1968 Olympics and, as the national anthem was played, each raised a gloved fist to make a statement about the unequal treatment of blacks in America. Their silent gesture made people uncomfortable. Yesterday, Smith and Carlos were at San Jose […]

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Carmelo Anthony, John Carlos, Rio Olympics 2016, Team USA, Tommie Smith -

Nearly 48 years ago, USA Olympic sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith bowed their heads and raised black-gloved fists on the medal stands at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics as The Star-Spangled Banner played. The “Black Power salute” was actually later called a human rights salute by the then-young black men who made history that […]

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charles barkley, etan thomas, Ferguson grand jury, john carlos, Kenny Smith, michael brown, Sports, tnt, Trayvon Martin -

Once easy to laugh with, Charles Barkley has become a head-shaking laughingstock in the Black […]

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Althea Gibson, black athletes, Fritz Pollard, jack johnson, john carlos, larry doby, List, Sports, tommie smith -

Jack Johnson When he beat Tommy Burns for the world heavyweight championship in 1908, Johnson became […]

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1968 Olympics, Black Power Salute, John Carlos, Mexico City Olympics, News, Peter Norman, Sports, Tommie Smith -

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An American athlete who took part in a controversial black-power salute at the 1968 Olympics says an Australian parliamentary apology to silver medalistPeter Norman might have come too late...

The post Apology offered to Olympian on 1968 black power podium appeared first on theGrio.

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Black athletes, black olympians, Cassius Clay, Dominque Dawes, Dream Team, George Coleman Poage, Inspiration, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, John Baxter 'Doc' Taylor, John Carlos, London Olympics 2012, Michael Johnson, Olympians, Olympics, redeem team, tema usa, Tommie Smith, Venus and Serena Williams, Wilma Rudolph -

SLIDESHOW - Every four years we watch the Olympics Games with excitement as America's greatest athletes compete against their best international competitors for a chance to bring home the gold...

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