An Evening with John Carlos: Olympic Medalist and Civil Rights IconAn Evening with John Carlos: Olympic Medalist and Civil Rights Iconhttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/207271Stokes Auditorium2012-09-28T19:00:002012-09-28T20:30:00
September 28, 7:00PM
John Carlos is a former track and field athlete and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He is famous for raising the black power sign on the medal stand in the 1968 Summer Olympics.
John Carlos, bronze medalist in the 200-meter sprint at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, made waves across the world upon raising a black-gloved fist on the medal stand, in silent protest of racism and economic injustice among oppressed people across the United States. Carlos and fellow medalist Tommie Smith were banned from the Olympic Village, removed from the U.S. Olympic Team, and received death threats upon their arrival home. Despite a lengthy struggle, Carlos became a symbol of strength in the American civil rights movement, and an icon for future generations.
Join us for a conversation between John Carlos and Associate Professor of History, Alex Kitroeff, that will help us better understand that historic gesture as Carlos details his experiences as both an athlete and an activist before and after the 1968 Olympics. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer session as well as a signing of his 2011 memoir, “The John Carlos Story.” The evening will pose questions about public figures, social causes and the competing responsibilities of each.
This event is free and open to the public.
Presented by The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship, The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Africana Studies.
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