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Racing after Smith and Carlos

Racing after Smith and Carlos

Revisiting Those Fists Some Forty Years Hence

(p.102) Racing after Smith and Carlos
Reconstructing Fame
Urla Hill
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the reputations of Tommie Smith and John Carlos. It argues that the challenge of attempting to place Smith and Carlos in any sort of context is informed solely by the perception of what took place during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and why. Despite a myriad books, articles, debates, and even documentaries, there remains such a wide range of conjecture and assumptions that continue to swirl about each man’s role in what has been popularly deemed “a black power protest” that trying to move beyond 1968 often proves to be futile.

Keywords:   athletes, reputations, sports figures, sprinters, 1968 Olympics

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