The Black Power Salute - 1968 Olympics
Protest made by African American athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos at their medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics.
Raised their black-gloved fists as they turned to face the flag for the national anthem. Kept them raised until it was over.
U.S.A athlete, Tommie Smith won the 200 meter race with a world record time of 19.83 seconds.
Australia's Peter Norman won second place with a time of 20.06 seconds.
U.S.A. athlete, John Carlos won third place with a time of 20.10 seconds.
"If I win, I am American, not a black American. But if I did something bad, then they would say I am a Negro. We are black and we are proud of being black. Black America will understand what we did tonight." - Tommie Smith

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