Monday, July 21, 2008

1968 Olympians Tommie Smith & John Carlos: ESPY Award & New Movie "Salute"

The 1968 Mexico City Olympics are best described and remembered in one photograph: Two black men, one gets the gold medal, the other the bronze, and both stand with a black fist raised in the air and their heads bowed. The picture sparked tons of controversy in a country divided and time period where tension between Black and white soared high.

Forty years later at the 2008 ESPN “ESPY Awards” the two men- Tommie Smith and John Carlos received the Arthur Ashe Award and the truth about their famous picture was revealed in a short video shown at the awards.

Now, a new international movie- written, directed and produced by Matt Norman (nephew of Peter Norman, the 200m Olympic Silver Medalist pictured with Tommie Smith and John Carlos)- is coming out called “Salute” that ventures into the experience of the 1968 Olympics and the stories of all of the people involved after the historic event:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I watched that segment; It was very touching... Sadly, today's athletes are niggas straight out the coon-strip... They wouldn't even take a political stance if they're mother was illegally on Death Row.