Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith (Google eBook)
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 SmithUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
Review: Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie SmithUser Review - BetsyD - Goodreads
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
8 No Gold No Glove