Monday, October 10, 2011

The John Carlos Story Book Discussion/Signing
Friday, October 14, 2011 - 4:00pm
Dewey Square (Across from South Station)

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. Here is the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist, John Carlos.

Olympian and Civil Rights icon John Carlos is coming this Friday 10/14 to Occupy Boston! He will discuss the thread that connects the protest movements of 1968 to the movements for Justice today - from the Occupy movement that has spread across the country and around the world, to the anger sparked by the execution of Troy Davis. Q&A and discussion to follow. Invite your friends!

“With what’s happening in this country right now any fair-minded person would have to admit righteousness is on the side of the people. But you have to steel yourself, be strong in your resolve because more than likely it will be tested.” - Dr. John Carlos on Occupy Wall Street

About the Author
John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete and professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze-medal in the 200 meters race at the 1968 Summer Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy. He went on to equal the world record in the 100 yard dash and beat the 200 meters world record. After his track career, he enjoyed brief stints in the National Football League and Canadian Football League but retired due to injury. He became involved with the United States Olympic Committee and helped to organize the 1984 Summer Olympics. He later became a track coach at a high school in Palm Springs, where he now resides. He was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2003.

John Carlos will be in Boston as part of a nationwide tour to
promote his new book "The John Carlos Story".
Facebook Event Page
Recent article by Dave Zirin on John Carlos
Short trailer for the book