Tommie Smith and John Carlos
Texan Tommie Smith and John Carlos of New York rocked the world when they gave a “Black Power” salute during their medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics. The Black Power salute was a symbol of protest against Black poverty, lynchings, and for the Africans who died during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
In the United States, Smith and Carlos braved ridicule, public humiliation and death threats to themselves and their families because of the stance they took against injustice in the world. Despite this, neither man regretted the action they took.