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Athlete activism matters.
Join Global Sport Institute, in partnership with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, for Raising a Fist to Taking a Knee, a 50th anniversary commemoration and conversation about the 1968 Mexico City Olympics and the influence of athlete activism then and now.
History is repeating itself through athlete activism. Fifty years after John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their black-gloved fists during the national anthem at the Mexico City Olympics, athlete activism is again one of the most relevant – and controversial – political topics in the United States.
The Global Sport Institute and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University will host an event tracing a timeline of athlete activism in the U.S. with an emphasis on the iconic moment atop the Olympic podium in 1968.
Dr. Harry Edwards and Gina Hemphill-Strachan, Jesse Owens’ granddaughter and ASU alum, will offer perspective on pre-1968 social issues and how athlete activism addressed them.
John Carlos and Wyomia Tyus, who won her second consecutive 100-meter Olympic gold medal in Mexico City, will bring their medal-winning moments to life and provide insight to athlete activist experiences at the time.
Lance Wyman, graphic designer for the 1968 Olympics, will discuss the role his art played alongside the activism and the importance of compelling imagery, such as the photo of Carlos and Smith raising their fists, for driving social conversations and perceptions.
Paul Hoffman, 1968 Olympic rower and outspoken ally to Black athletes in 1968, will add fascinating stories about his interactions with the USOC that closely resemble current rhetoric about athlete activism and bring the program into a discussion about the role of athletes in society in 1968 and 2018.
Raising a fist or taking a knee, athlete activism matters.
Individual registrations need to be completed for each person attending.
The same email and contact can be used for multiple registrations, but we request the name of each person attending. Those with duplicate registrations will be contacted.
The registration form can be accessed below, or through Eventbrite.
If you have any questions, please email Global Sport Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wyomia Tyus was born and raised in Griffin, Georgia. She attended Tennessee State University in Nashville and ran under the tutelage of visionary coach Ed Temple as a member of the Tigerbelles until she graduated in 1968.Read more
Gina Hemphill-Strachan is a Chicago native and media industry veteran who has built a career and reputation as one of the top talent producers in sports and entertainment.Read more
Raising a Fist to Taking a Knee will be held at the Phoenix Art Museum:
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
Parking in the museum lots will be limited. Please refer to the parking map (pdf).
The nearest light rail station is Central Avenue and McDowell Road, just south of the museum. Visit Valley Metro for lightrail and bus schedules.