In The News

October 26, 2018

"Without a doubt, there was no moment bigger than the Olympics in terms of attention. After all, these were the first Games that were broadcast in color. Also, the patriotic aura of the Olympics in 1968 was today’s environment on steroids. Looking back, there was no bigger, connected moment to protest the issues concerning the Olympic Project For Human Rights. Looking back, the only bigger moment could have been on the victory stand for the men’s 100 meters, the race that crowns the world’s fastest human. But the 200 was more than adequate."

October 24, 2018

"The debate over Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest during the national anthem took a sharp turn after Eric Reid called Malcolm Jenkins “a sellout,” and it ended up bringing the granddaughter of Olympic hero Jesse Owens to tears.

Gina Hemphill-Strachan had to fight back her emotions when John Carlos, who became infamous 50 years ago for raising his fist on the medal stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, explained during a ranging discussion at Arizona State University how the Reid-Jenkins spat was similar to a disconnect in his era’s movement."

October 23, 2018

"Fifty years after his shocking protest against racism on the medal podium at the Olympics in Mexico City, John Carlos has seen the vicious backlash he endured at the time evolve over the decades into admiration and respect. But he sees his legacy not as an individual act.

“We made that statement because we wanted to be that beacon for society, the blueprint,” he said.

Carlos, along with U.S. Olympic teammate Tommie Smith, raised black-gloved fists during the playing of the national anthem during the medal ceremony for the 200-meter race. Carlos won the bronze medal, and Smith won the gold."