Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity Keynote Address
Featuring John Carlos, an Olympic medalist in track and field, who is remembered for his "Silent Protest" against racism and economic oppression at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. The iconic image of he and teammate Tommy Smith raising a black-gloved fist during the victory ceremony is one of sports history's most memorable moments.
Born in Harlem, New York, he attended East Texas State University and then San Jose State University on track and field scholarships. After winning the bronze medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Olympics, he continued his education and won the NCAA Track & Field National Championship in 1969. He followed his track and field success with a brief career in the NFL, and later worked for PUMA, the Olympics, and the City of Los Angeles.
Part of the 2011 Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity