Lee Evans was an African American Olympian who won five career AAU titles in the 400-meter dash and two Gold medals at the 1968 Summer Olympics, in addition to winning two Gold medals in 1967 at the Pan-American Games. Evans was also a significant figure in the Black Power movement, taking part in the Olympic Project for Human Rights, formed by a group of black students fighting for equal housing rights. Evans is widely remembered for accepting his 1968 relay Gold medal in a black beret in imitation of the Black Panthers , alongside fellow African-American medalists Larry Jones and Ron Freeman. Evans was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1983, and the Olympic Hall of Fame in 1989.
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L-R: Lee Evans, Larry James and Ron Freeman
L-R: Larry James(Silver) , Lee Evans (Gold) and Ron Freeman (Bronze)
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