My Feet Are Sparkly So No I Will Not Put Shoes On.

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'There's those who believed that the black athletes should be seen and not heard, and we accomodated them to a certain point— we were seen and not heard until later on. I do believe, I truly believe that when someone has a pinnacle in life, and you're in a leadership position, you should leave a legacy, a proactive legacy even though at that particular time you might be experiencing a lot of the negatives that people want to believe about you during a time of social change. Uh yes, I knew that there would be negatives, hooplas against what I stood for but you see, I cannot tell an athlete, I did this and John (Carlos) did this so now it's your turn to do it so get up there and raise your fist. No, I cannot do that. You don't necessarily have to have athletics, there's academics, through medicine, through philosophy. You have your own platform and it doesn't involve running fast.'
-Tommie Smith.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics, a noted black power protest and one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the Olympic Games. They were both suspended from their national team and banned from the Olympic Village. View high resolution

'There's those who believed that the black athletes should be seen and not heard, and we accomodated them to a certain point— we were seen and not heard until later on. I do believe, I truly believe that when someone has a pinnacle in life, and you're in a leadership position, you should leave a legacy, a proactive legacy even though at that particular time you might be experiencing a lot of the negatives that people want to believe about you during a time of social change. Uh yes, I knew that there would be negatives, hooplas against what I stood for but you see, I cannot tell an athlete, I did this and John (Carlos) did this so now it's your turn to do it so get up there and raise your fist. No, I cannot do that. You don't necessarily have to have athletics, there's academics, through medicine, through philosophy. You have your own platform and it doesn't involve running fast.'

-Tommie Smith.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics, a noted black power protest and one of the most overtly political statements in the history of the Olympic Games. They were both suspended from their national team and banned from the Olympic Village.

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