Starting Lineups: Tommie Smith Wins 200m Gold In The 1968 Olympics

Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated.

A raised fist never said so much quite like Tommie Smith’s. Could be because you’ve triumphed at the highest peak of your profession or because you are tired of how things are around you presently. Smith’s most iconic photo is the one most of you remember him for, as the 200-meter champion and bronze medal winner John Carlos defiantly raised their fists in a black power salute to say to the world that things weren’t good at home in the USA.

Smith and Carlos would’ve never been able to make such a statement if they didn’t perform on the track 44 years ago, and this photo is pretty damn important too. Enjoy your pertinent reading material for Thursday and make your statement loud and proud.

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