Sport in Society and Haymarket Books Present: Olympic and Civil Rights Icon John Carlos

October 14, 2011
Northeastern University's Curry Student Center, Rm 444

Carlos will give a presentation and sign copies of his new autobiography, The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World. Seen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Come hear the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist, John Carlos. A short video trailer for the book can be found here. A review of The John Carlos Story from The New York Times can be found here.

John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete, professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze medal in the 200-meter race at the 1968 Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith was seen the world over.