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Olympic medalist shares at UNG event how sports, civil rights intersect
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Extending gloved hands skyward in racial protest, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos stare downward during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200-meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City on Oct. 16, 1968. Australian silver medalist Peter Norman is at left. - photo by Associated Press
In 1968, Tommie Smith won an Olympic gold medal in the 200-meter dash in Mexico City. Standing on the platform, wearing his new medal, he and fellow American athlete John Carlos raised their fists in the Black Power salute. Smith told University of North Georgia students Monday, Feb. 18, that fighting ignorance is not a lost cause, and there is still work to be done.