A Conversation with Olympian Dr. Tommie Smith
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. present’s part one of a two-part discussion with Dr. Tommie Smith, Olympian, civil rights activist, and co- author of 'Victory. Stand! Raising My Fist for Justice.’
In 1968, at the 19th Olympiad held in Mexico City – Smith and John Carlos made a silent gesture regarding the abuse of human rights around the world and civil rights here in America. Smith and Carlos won the gold and silver medals, respectively, for the 200- meter dash. Receiving their medals on the podium - wearing black socks and no shoes - they raised their fists and froze a moment in time that will forever be remembered as a powerful day of protest.
Smith talks about growing up in rural Texas, moving to California, becoming a stellar athlete, attending San Jose State University, what led to the Olympic protest and racial injustice in America.