Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith (Google eBook)

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Temple University Press, Aug 13, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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n 1968, Tommie Smith and his teammate John Carlos won the gold and silver medals, respectively, for the 200 meter dash.  Receiving their medals on the dais, they raised their fists and froze a moment in time that will forever be remembered as a powerful day of protest.  In this, his autobiography, Smith tells the story of that moment, and of his life before and after it, to explain what that moment meant to him. 

In Silent Gesture, Smith recounts his life before and after the 1968 Olympics: his life-long commitment to athletics, education, and human rights.  He dispels some of the myths surrounding his and Carlos' act on the dais -- contrary to legend, Smith wasn't a member of the Black Panthers, but a member of the US Olympic Project for Human Rights -- and describes in detail the planning and risks involved in his protest.  Smith also details his many years after Mexico City of devotion to human rights, athletics, and education.  A unique resource for anyone concerned with international sports, history, and the African American experience, Silent Gesture contributes a complete picture of one of the most famous moments in sports history, and of a man whose actions always matched his words.

  

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Silent Gesture: autobiography for Tommie Smith

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Although this book, written with the help ofBaltimore Sun columnist Steele, may go down as an important entry in the history of track and field and African American studies, it is not without its ... Read full review

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What a boring book. It was clearly geared toward people who already knew about Mexico City, 1968, and Tommie Smith habitually refers to himself in the third person. Read full review

Contents

1 Welcome Home
1
2 October 16 1968
20
3 Out of the Fields
42
4 The Biggest City I Had Ever Seen
73
5 Run Before You Walk
95
6 The Coach and the Professor
114
Photographs follow page 134
135
7 Linked Forever
135
9 Paying the Price
172
10 Going Underground
194
11 Families Lost and Found
211
12 It Will Outlive Me
233
EPILOGUE Silent and Eternal
255
Acknowledgments
259
Index
261
Copyright

8 No Gold No Glove
148

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About the author (2008)

Dr. Tommie Smith is the only man in track and field history to hold eleven world records simultaneously, and the first man in Olympic Game history to win a gold medal in record-breaking time in the 200-meter, under 20 seconds. He has been an educator, and track and field coach for 40 years.

David Steele is a sports columnist for The Baltimore Sun.

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