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Ever since 1968 a single iconic image of race in American sport has remained indelibly etched on our collective memory: sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos accepting medals at the Mexico City Olympics with their black-gloved fists raised and heads bowed. But what inspired their protest? What happened after they stepped down from the podium? And how did their gesture impEver since 1968 a single iconic image of race in American sport has remained indelibly etched on our collective memory: sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos accepting medals at the Mexico City Olympics with their black-gloved fists raised and heads bowed. But what inspired their protest? What happened after they stepped down from the podium? And how did their gesture impact racial inequalities?Drawing on extensive archival research and newly gathered oral histories, Douglas Hartmann sets out to answer these questions, reconsidering this pivotal event in the history of American sport. He places Smith and Carlos within the broader context of the civil rights movement and the controversial revolt of the black athlete. Although the movement drew widespread criticism, it also led to fundamental reforms in the organizational structure of American amateur athletics. Moving from historical narrative to cultural analysis, Hartmann explores what we can learn about the complex relations between race and sport in contemporary America from this episode and its aftermath....

Title : Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath
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ISBN : 9780226318561
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 376 Pages
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Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath Reviews

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-22 17:22

    Where are the Tommie Smith's and John Carlos' of our day? When professional athletes are so much more in the spotlight, and hence enjoy greater access to the media and have greater importance in young peoples lives. Role models because of their physical shape and expertise should take their social obligations further, and speak out on behalf of their fans. Not just reap the personal (often financial) rewards of their positions.