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Kreger Ryan Kreger Stephen Lind English 103 29 January 2010 Medals of Hope The 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City were far from the uncontroversial celebration of the world’s athletes expected by its’ audience. During the two hundred meter race award ceremony, two athletes performed a selfless act that shocked the entire world. The repercussions of their actions transcended the Olympic world and caused great uproar in the United States. The photograph of Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s black power salute demonstrates a courageous and unprecedented act advocating the Civil Rights Movement in America during the 1960s. This image marks an illustrious milestone in the American Civil Rights Movement. Tommie Smith and John Carlos were two outstanding African American track and field athletes during the 1960s. Carlos was born in Harlem, New York on June 5, 1945 to a poor lower class family. He was a talented athlete and student, attending San Diego State University on a full track and field scholarship. At San Diego State, Carlos met his teammate and soon to become life long friend, Tommie Smith. Smith was born in Clarksville, Texas on June 6, 1944. He was a natural track star and ran the two hundred meter event alongside Carlos, setting the national collegiate record for the event in 1967. Tommie Smith and John Carlos instantly became great friends while attending San Diego State and had outstanding track seasons together. They shared many of the same views on life and on the racial issues affecting African Americans in 1
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Kreger the United States. During the fall of 1967, Tommie Smith and John Carlos were both awarded spots on the United States Olympic track and field team. The two men were scheduled to compete in the two hundred meter dash in Mexico City the following summer. While the two men were training for the Olympic event, the Civil Rights Movement was in full force. The “black power movement”
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