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Creator of Olympic Black Power Statue Encourages SJSU Students on Nakba Day

by Encampment for Palestine Continues
San Jose State students continue with their pro-Palestine encampment, even after the University administration has chastised them insisting they leave. On May 15, Nakba Day, a large crowd of students rallied at the encampment in front of the Olympic Black Power Statue.
San Jose State students continue with the pro-Palestine encampment, even after University administration has chastised them, insisting th...
Photos by Len and Nancy.

Rigo 23, the artist who created the statue that stands at the center of San Jose State's encampment, spoke to student demonstrators. He said that he is endlessly proud of the students and that this is precisely the kind of usage he envisioned for that work. He told of the history that led to the creation of it... in 1968 two black San Jose State graduates, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, stood on the Olympic medal stand raising their black-gloved fists to draw global attention to racism and inequality in the U.S.
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