black power fist olympics

Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fist on this day 52 years ago

On this day 52 years ago at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fist in a silent protest against racism, injustice and inequality. “We had to be seen because we couldn’t be heard“, said Smith. The consequences were severe – Smith and Carlos were suspended by the U.S. team, and kicked out of the Olympic Village from the IOC. They sacrificed their careers while the IOC accepted the Nazi salute during the Olympics in Berlin. Their brave action allowed other athletes to use their plattform against racism and inequality. Thank you Tommie Smith and Dr. John Carlos!