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"Fists of Power: A Symbol of Strength and Solidarity" In the midst of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City

Background imageFist Collection: OLYMPIC GAMES, 1968. American runners Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos (right)

OLYMPIC GAMES, 1968. American runners Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos (right) showing the Black Power salute during the medal ceremonies at the Olympic Games in Mexico City

Background imageFist Collection: Nelson Mandela ANC President of South Africa at Wembley February 1990 F W De Klerk

Nelson Mandela ANC President of South Africa at Wembley February 1990 F W De Klerk dismantles apartheid in South Africa. The President of South Africa lifted the 30-year ban on leading anti-apartheid

Background imageFist Collection: The Beatles (from left: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney)

The Beatles (from left: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney)
BEATLES AND CLAY, 1964. The Beatles (from left: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney) clowning with boxer Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali)

Background imageFist Collection: The Battle Between Cribb and Molineaux, September 28, 1811, October 3, 1811

The Battle Between Cribb and Molineaux, September 28, 1811, October 3, 1811. Cribbs second was John Gully and his bottle-holder Joe Ward

Background imageFist Collection: Badge of the Royal Armoured Corps

Badge of the Royal Armoured Corps. Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageFist Collection: Danahar or Danaher, boxer

Danahar or Danaher, boxer
A boxer named Danahar or Danaher (there were several), seen here in what appears to be a turn of the century studio photo with painted backdrop, and a trophy on the right. Date: circa 1900

Background imageFist Collection: Wrestlers Shirley Crabtree alias Big Daddy with fellow British wrestler Martin Ruane

Wrestlers Shirley Crabtree alias Big Daddy with fellow British wrestler Martin Ruane, more commonly known as Giant Haystacks. 15th June 1981

Background imageFist Collection: Duncan Goodhew swimmer after winning gold medal in Men

Duncan Goodhew swimmer after winning gold medal in Mens 100 metres Breaststroke event at the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow July 1980

Background imageFist Collection: A man wears dollar sign rings in a jewellery shop in Manhattan in New York City

A man wears dollar sign rings in a jewellery shop in Manhattan in New York City
A man wears U.S. dollar sign rings in a jewellery shop in Manhattan in New York City November 6, 2014. A year-long investigation into allegations of collusion

Background imageFist Collection: Middle distance runner Steve Ovett celebrates after winning a gold medal in the Men

Middle distance runner Steve Ovett celebrates after winning a gold medal in the Mens 800 metres event final at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, 26th July 1980

Background imageFist Collection: JOHN L. SULLIVAN (1858-1918). American heavyweight pugilist. Lithograph by Currier and Ives, 1883

JOHN L. SULLIVAN (1858-1918). American heavyweight pugilist. Lithograph by Currier and Ives, 1883

Background imageFist Collection: 2003 Japanese GP

2003 Japanese GP
SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 12: Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari F2003-GA, celebrates victory with the Ferrari team during the Japanese GP at Suzuka on October 12, 2003 in Suzuka, Japan

Background imageFist Collection: American pugilist. Photograph, n. d

American pugilist. Photograph, n. d
JOHN L. SULLIVAN (1858-1918). American pugilist. Photograph, n.d

Background imageFist Collection: Clenched fist, computer artwork

Clenched fist, computer artwork
Clenched fist. Computer artwork of an upward clenched fist. This could be used to represent power, or protest

Background imageFist Collection: Formula One World Championship: Takuma Sato Super Aguri F1 Team SA07 celebrates the first point

Formula One World Championship: Takuma Sato Super Aguri F1 Team SA07 celebrates the first point for the team
Takuma Sato (JPN) Super Aguri F1 Team SA07 celebrates the first point for the team. Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Spanish Grand Prix, Race, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday 13 May 2007. DIGITAL IMAGE

Background imageFist Collection: T. Roosevelt speaking, gesticulating with fist, outside, Yonkers, NY, 1910

T. Roosevelt speaking, gesticulating with fist, outside, Yonkers, NY, 1910. Creator: Bain News Service
T. Roosevelt speaking, gesticulating with fist, outside, Yonkers, NY, 1910.

Background imageFist Collection: 2001 Hungarian GP

2001 Hungarian GP
HUNGARORING, HUNGARY - AUGUST 19: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2001, celebrates victory with his team as he takes the chequered flag during the Hungarian GP at Hungaroring on August 19

Background imageFist Collection: 2003 Spanish GP

2003 Spanish GP
CIRCUIT DE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA, SPAIN - MAY 04: Fernando Alonso, Renault R23, celebrates second place during the Spanish GP at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 04

Background imageFist Collection: 2003 United States GP

2003 United States GP
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - SEPTEMBER 28: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2003-GA, kicks up dust as he crosses the finish line

Background imageFist Collection: 1986 Mexican GP

1986 Mexican GP
AUTODROMO HERMANOS RODRIGUEZ, MEXICO - OCTOBER 12: Gerhard Berger, Benetton B186 BMW, celebrating his maiden grand prix win during the Mexican GP at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 12

Background imageFist Collection: 2004 Australian GP

2004 Australian GP
MELBOURNE GRAND PRIX CIRCUIT, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2004, is given a guard of honour by his team as he enters parc ferme ahead of teammate Rubens Barrichello during

Background imageFist Collection: 2004 San Marino GP

2004 San Marino GP
IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 25: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2004, celebrates victory during the San Marino GP at Imola on April 25, 2004 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Rainer Schlegelmilch)

Background imageFist Collection: The Proletariat attacks the Banks and the stock exchange, 1932 (poster)

The Proletariat attacks the Banks and the stock exchange, 1932 (poster)
2069743 The Proletariat attacks the Banks and the stock exchange, 1932 (poster); (add.info.: Coll. Part. History. USSR (Russia). Attack of the Proletariat against the Banks and the Stock Exchange

Background imageFist Collection: Wilhelm II (1859-1941) Emperor of Germany 1888-1918, mailed fist on War Map

Wilhelm II (1859-1941) Emperor of Germany 1888-1918, mailed fist on War Map, looks at sand glass labelled Summer 1918
528344 Wilhelm II (1859-1941) Emperor of Germany 1888-1918, mailed fist on War Map, looks at sand glass labelled Summer 1918, while Father Time, the Grim Reaper is ready to strike. World War I

Background imageFist Collection: 2003 San Marino GP

2003 San Marino GP
IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 20: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2002, takes the chequered flag and celebrates with the Ferrari team during the San Marino GP at Imola on April 20, 2003 in Imola, Italy

Background imageFist Collection: 2003 Spanish GP

2003 Spanish GP
CIRCUIT DE BARCELONA-CATALUNYA, SPAIN - MAY 04: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2003-GA, celebrates victory during the Spanish GP at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 04

Background imageFist Collection: 2003 Italian GP

2003 Italian GP
AUTODROMO NAZIONALE MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 14: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2003-GA, celebrates victory with the Ferrari team during the Italian GP at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 14

Background imageFist Collection: 2003 Japanese GP

2003 Japanese GP
SUZUKA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 12: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2003-GA, celebrating his record-breaking sixth world championship during the Japanese GP at Suzuka on October 12, 2003 in Suzuka, Japan

Background imageFist Collection: 2001 French GP

2001 French GP
CIRCUIT DE NEVERS MAGNY-COURS, FRANCE - JULY 01: Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2001, takes the chequered flag at the end of the race during the French GP at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours on July 01

Background imageFist Collection: 1989 Italian GP

1989 Italian GP
AUTODROMO NAZIONALE MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 10: Alain Prost, McLaren MP4-5 Honda, takes the chequered flag during the Italian GP at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 10

Background imageFist Collection: 2003 Malaysian GP

2003 Malaysian GP
SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, MALAYSIA - MARCH 23: Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren MP4-17D Mercedes, passes the McLaren team and celebrates as he takes his maiden grand prix victory during the Malaysian GP

Background imageFist Collection: Steampunk Warrior

Steampunk Warrior
Daniel Springgay

Background imageFist Collection: Fight Club

Fight Club
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Background imageFist Collection: A Journey into the Herzegovina: Sleeping under Difficulties...1876. Creator: Unknown

A Journey into the Herzegovina: Sleeping under Difficulties...1876. Creator: Unknown
A Journey into the Herzegovina: Sleeping under Difficulties, from a sketch by our special artist, 1876. The Sketches of our Special Artists

Background imageFist Collection: Tout ça pour moi seul! Flatteurs!, 1870. Creator: Cham

Tout ça pour moi seul! Flatteurs!, 1870. Creator: Cham
Tout ca pour moi seul! Flatteurs!, 1870. Series: Actualites; Periodical: Le Charivari, Saturday, 20 August 1870. All this for me alone! Flattering!

Background imageFist Collection: Kikuchi Takemitsu Standing by Cherry Tree, 1878. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Kikuchi Takemitsu Standing by Cherry Tree, 1878. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Kikuchi Takemitsu Standing by Cherry Tree, 1878. Series: A Mirror of Wisdom, Benevolence, and Valor in Japan

Background imageFist Collection: The Death of the Khalifa, 1899, (c1900). Creator: Harold Robert Millar

The Death of the Khalifa, 1899, (c1900). Creator: Harold Robert Millar
The Death of the Khalifa, 1899, (c1900). Abdallahi ibn Muhammad, styled Khalifat al-Mahdi (usually rendered as Khalifa')

Background imageFist Collection: The Dictator, New York, 1936. Creator: Unknown

The Dictator, New York, 1936. Creator: Unknown
The Dictator, New York, 1936. The Federal Theatre Project, created by the U.S. Works Progress Administration in 1935, was designed to conserve and develop the skills of theater workers

Background imageFist Collection: Brothers, Los Angeles, 1938. Creator: Unknown

Brothers, Los Angeles, 1938. Creator: Unknown
Brothers, Los Angeles, 1938. Mason Opera House..."Brothers" - by Herbert Ashton Jr.'. The Federal Theatre Project, created by the U.S

Background imageFist Collection: Awake and Sing, New York, 1938. Creator: Unknown

Awake and Sing, New York, 1938. Creator: Unknown
Awake and Sing, New York, 1938. The Federal Theatre Project, created by the U.S. Works Progress Administration in 1935, was designed to conserve and develop the skills of theater workers

Background imageFist Collection: Wanger, Beatrice, Miss, 1918 or 1919. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Wanger, Beatrice, Miss, 1918 or 1919. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Wanger, Beatrice, Miss, 1918 or 1919

Background imageFist Collection: It Can't Happen Here, Des Moines, IA, 1937. Creator: Unknown

It Can't Happen Here, Des Moines, IA, 1937. Creator: Unknown
It Can't Happen Here, Des Moines, IA, 1937. The Federal Theater presents Sinclair Lewis "It Can't Happen Here" - President Theatre...'

Background imageFist Collection: Portrait of Miquelito Valdez, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb

Portrait of Miquelito Valdez, New York, N.Y. 1946. Creator: William Paul Gottlieb
Portrait of Miquelito Valdez, New York, N.Y. 1946

Background imageFist Collection: Collier's, Sporting Number, Volume XXVIII, New York Oct 12, 1901, Number 2, Price Ten Cents, c1901

Collier's, Sporting Number, Volume XXVIII, New York Oct 12, 1901, Number 2, Price Ten Cents, c1901
Collier's, Sporting Number, Volume XXVIII, New York October 12, 1901, Number 2, Price Ten Cents, c1901. [Publisher: Harper Publications; Place: New York]

Background imageFist Collection: William Tell Cleveland Will Not Bow to the Hat, from Puck, published May 16, 1883

William Tell Cleveland Will Not Bow to the Hat, from Puck, published May 16, 1883. Creator: Bernard Gillam
William Tell Cleveland Will Not Bow to the Hat, from Puck, published May 16, 1883

Background imageFist Collection: Academic Male Nude Leaning on Platform, n.d. Creator: Barend Cornelis Koekkoek

Academic Male Nude Leaning on Platform, n.d. Creator: Barend Cornelis Koekkoek
Academic Male Nude Leaning on Platform, n.d

Background imageFist Collection: Study of Hands, c. 1858. Creator: Charles Lucy

Study of Hands, c. 1858. Creator: Charles Lucy
Study of Hands, c. 1858

Background imageFist Collection: 1988 Italian GP

1988 Italian GP
AUTODROMO NAZIONALE MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11: Gerhard Berger, Ferrari F187/88C, leads teammate Michele Alboreto across the finish line as he takes the chequered flag to lead a Ferrari 1-2 just



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"Fists of Power: A Symbol of Strength and Solidarity" In the midst of the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, American runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a bold statement during the medal ceremonies. With clenched fists raised high in the air, they showed the Black Power salute, demanding racial equality and justice. Australian Peter Norman stood beside them wearing an OPHR badge, showing his solidarity with their cause. Fast forward to 1964 when The Beatles visited boxer Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) at his training camp in Miami Beach. In a playful moment captured on camera, The Fab Four clowned around with Clay before his heavyweight championship fight against Sonny Liston. Across continents and time periods, fists have been used as powerful symbols. In North Korea's Wonsan City, a propaganda poster highlights a clenched fist representing unity and strength. Similarly, the Royal Armoured Corps badge showcases a fist symbolizing courage and determination. The world of sports has also witnessed iconic moments involving fists. From the historic Battle Between Cribb and Molineaux in 1811 to modern-day wrestling matches featuring legends like Big Daddy and Martin Ruane, these athletes showcased their physical prowess through their mighty punches. Fists have even found their way into popular culture. A man sporting dollar sign rings in a New York City jewelry shop exemplifies how this gesture can represent wealth or materialism. Looking back at boxing history reveals legendary figures like John L. Sullivan who dominated the sport with his formidable fists during America's Gilded Age. Even computer artwork captures the intensity behind a clenched fist - its power frozen in time for all to see. Lastly, North Korea's stamp poster proudly displays yet another representation of unity through clenched fists - reminding us that this symbol transcends borders. Whether it be fighting for social justice or showcasing athletic prowess, these various instances remind us that sometimes actions speak louder than words.