Sport and Social justice Pioneer John Carlos Educates and Inspires NU Campus

October 17, 2011

On October 14th, Sport in Society and Haymarket Books co-hosted An Evening with John Carlos, whose defiant gesture with Tommie Smith on the podium at the 1968 Olympics is an enduring symbol that speaks to the powerful platform of sports and athletes in changing the world. Carlos spoke about his experiences and signed copies of his autobiography, The John Carlos Story.

Carlos spoke about growing up in Harlem and the life lessons that brought him to the Olympic stage. As a young man Carlos was passionate about equality and met with civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.  He described his journey to the medal stand and how he always believed he was destined to be greater than his surroundings.  Carlos captivated the room filled with community members, international students, and Northeastern student-athletes as he shared his life story.

Sport in Society coops Liz Stern, Courtney Mortimer, and Ronnie Townsend attended the event and explained how the experienced surpassed even their high expectations. “We were eager to meet such an iconic Olympic athlete and social justice pioneer. John Carlos left a lasting impression on everyone in attendance and he will continue to inspire those looking to promote social justice in the world through the vehicle of sport.”