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40 Years After Smith, Carlos Saluted Black Power

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40 Years After Smith, Carlos Saluted Black Power

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40 Years After Smith, Carlos Saluted Black Power

40 Years After Smith, Carlos Saluted Black Power

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Forty years ago today, track and field athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos made their famous, silent gesture at the Mexico City Olympic Games.

They raised two black-gloved fists in a black power salute from the victory stand, during an Olympic gold medal ceremony.

For insight, NPR's Tony Cox speaks with David Steele, a sports writer for the Baltimore Sun and co-author of Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith.

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