An ICONIC Piece of History from 1968 up For Sale


1968 Olympic Gold Medal Men's 200m

The year was 1968. There was tremendous racial turbulence throughout the United States of America and around the world.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was earlier assassinated in April and Robert Kennedy would follow but as all eyes were on the 1968 Olympic Games hosted by Mexico City during the awards ceremony for the Men’s 200m race, Tommie Smith and John Carlos made gestures which reverberated around the globe and that Iconic moment is etched in history.

THE GOLD MEDAL WON BY TOMMIE SMITH IS NOW UP FOR SALE

It was their humble protest of continued oppressive treatment of African-Americans in the USA and part of national protest organized in what has become a once in a lifetime moment.   While them and others who joined in the protest during the 1968 and 1972 Olympic games were scorned and had to endure great sacrifice, through the years they have become living martyrs and in 1968 in particular that gesture has become Iconic and many have come to better appreciate how simple protest can change attitudes.

Smith jubilantly crosses finish line, Norman was 2nd and John Carlos finished third


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The UrbanBlogger offers condolences to the family of Wayne Collett who passed October 13, 2010.

 

Wayne Collett finished 2nd and Vince Matthews finished 1st

Like Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Wayne Collett was part of dynamic athletes who had great conscious and realized it was their athletic gift which allowed them a voice most did not possess.   While many will remember the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich as the event terrorist stormed the Olympic Village, it was once again protest by African-American athletes used as a voice of the oppressed, particularly African-Americans in the United States of America.  Like, Smith, Carlos and others, Wayne Collett was a gifted athlete who was very articulate and was able to lead a successful life up to his passing.

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