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The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World
Date Friday December 02
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Mission High School Auditorium
3750 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

Event Type Speaker
An evening with Olympic and Civil Rights Icon John Carlos.

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.

Other featured speakers: Lefty sports writer and agitator Dave Zirin, and Clarence Thomas, ILWU and Million Worker March leader

Praise for The John Carlos Story:

"Biblically, athletes with superior attributes were seen as gifts from God. Whether it was Samson staring down the Philistines or David slaying Goliath, they and latter-day heroes such as Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali, selflessly used their gifts and magnificently magnified platforms to transform society. It is in that tradition that JohnCarlos, and his teammate Tommie Smith, raised their fists in solidarity with the American civil rights struggle, as well as the struggles of those who exist on the downside of advantage. It was a statement for the ages. This act of righteous defiance lifted us all to a new level of dignity and shared responsibility to improve the conditions of the poor the world over...But the price of heroism is high. John Carlos paid and this is his story."

-Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

"The John Carlos story is the remarkable chronicle of an epic life sketched against the defining crisis of race in America. Carlos' athletic genius on the field is matched by his heroic will to overcome trials and tribulations in his personal life, and to find resurrection in his professional life. This is an inspiring and eloquent story about a great American whose commitment to truth, justice and democracy were tested and found true."

-Michael Eric Dyson
Added to the calendar on Thursday Nov 24th, 2011 2:58 PM

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