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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. Australian Peter Norman (left) wears an OPHR badge in solidarity. Photograph, 1968

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. Australian Peter Norman (left) wears an OPHR badge in solidarity. Photograph, 1968



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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. Australian Peter Norman (left) wears an OPHR badge in solidarity. Photograph, 1968

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. Australian Peter Norman (left) wears an OPHR badge in solidarity. Photograph, 1968

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1960s 1968 Athlete Australian Black Power Carlos Civil Rights Discrimination Equality Fist Latin America Mesoamerica Mexico Mexico City Norman Olympic Olympic Games Olympics Protest Racial Raised Runner Salute Smith Winner Black Panther Tommie


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This powerful photograph captures a historic moment during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. American runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos, standing at the center and right respectively, boldly raise their fists in a Black Power salute during the medal ceremonies. Their act of protest against racial inequality and discrimination sent shockwaves throughout the world. On the left side of the photo stands Australian athlete Peter Norman, wearing an OPHR (Olympic Project for Human Rights) badge in solidarity with Smith and Carlos. This unexpected display of unity across nationalities further emphasized the global significance of their message. The raised fists symbolize strength, resilience, and defiance against systemic oppression faced by African Americans not only in America but also around the world. In this single image, we witness athletes using their platform to bring attention to civil rights issues that plagued society during that tumultuous era. The backdrop of Mexico City adds another layer of significance as it was one of Latin America's most vibrant cultural hubs at that time. The protest by Smith and Carlos resonated deeply within Mesoamerica where indigenous populations were fighting for their own rights. Decades later, this photograph remains an iconic representation of courage and activism within sports history. It serves as a reminder that even on grand stages like the Olympics, athletes can use their voices to advocate for change beyond just winning medals.

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