The 1968 Summer Games were held in Mexico City, and perhaps remembered more than the sports was the Black Power salute demonstrated by American gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos during a medal ceremony. The IOC responded by suspending the athletes, and a spokesman called it a "deliberate and violent breach of the fundamental principles of the Olympic spirit," although the same IOC president had not objected to Nazi salutes at the 1936 games. It is commonly seen as the Black Power salute, but in Smith's autobiography Silent Gesture, which refers to the iconic moment, he poignantly called it a "human rights salute."
The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute
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