The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World

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Haymarket Books, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 193 pages
Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Outstanding Literary Work Autobiography/Biography

Seen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Here is the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist John Carlos.


John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete, professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze medal in the 200 meters race at the 1968 Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy.The John Carlos Story is his first book.


Dave Zirin is the author of four books, includingBad Sports,A People's History of Sports in the United States, andWhat's My Name, Fool? He writes the popular weekly online sports column "The Edge of Sports" and is a regular contributor to SportsIllustrated.com,SLAM,Los Angeles Times, andThe Nation, where he is the publication's first sports editor.


 

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That moment on the medal stand in Mexico City in 1968, is a moment in time. John Carlos tells his story and how that iconic moment came to be. Looking at his life and accomplishments before and what transpired after the event took place is a great story. One that often gets over looked. Read full review

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At the 1968 summer Olympics, 200-meter gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist Carlos each raised a black-gloved fist on the podium in protest of the stalled progress of U.S. civil rights. The ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction To Sleep with Anger
1
1 Harlem World
5
You Have FortyEight Hours
33
3 Trouble in Texas
59
4 1968
77
5 The Medal Stand
103
6 The Unraveling
129
7 Efforts a Resurrection
155
8 Save Your Redemption
167
Afterword
175
Appendix
185
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\John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete and professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze-medal in the 200 meters race at the 1968 Summer Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy. He went on to equal the world record in the 100 yard dash and beat the 200 meters world record. After his track career, he enjoyed brief stints in the National Football League and Canadian Football League but retired due to injury. He became involved with the United States Olympic Committee and helped to organize the 1984 Summer Olympics. He later became a track coach at a high school in Palm Springs, where he now resides. He was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2003.

Dave Zirin is the author of four books, including Bad Sports, A Peoples' History of Sports in the United States, What’s My Name Fool! and Welcome to the Terrordome. He writes the popular weekly online sports column “The Edge of Sports” (edgeofsports.com) and is a regular contributor to SI.com, SLAM, the Los Angeles Times, and The Nation where he is the publication's first Sports Editor. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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