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I always enjoy hearing our Elders speak. He was funny and very down to earth. We see these photos from the past and rarely do we hear the 1st person story and emotion within them. #JohnCarlos #TommieSmith #PeterNorman #BlackHistoryMonth

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Peter Norman was an absolute legend. The Australian sprinter came 2nd in the 200mts final at the 1968 Mexico city Olympic Games. He stood side by side with his black competitors John Carlos and Tommie Smith.
Norman wasn't part of Australian sprinters team 4 years later at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich Germany, despite having run qualifying times for the 200mts 13 times and 100mts 5 times... why? Because he was ostracised by the Australian Olympics committee for standing up against racism and inequality.

Norman still holds the 200mts Australian record today in 2018. When he passed away in 2006, Tommie Smith and John Carlos supported Norman by carrying his coffin.. A great gesture of humanity from all 3 legends!


One of the most powerful photos in sports history is shown above. Tommie Smith and John Carlos were banned for life from the Olympics by using this gesture as a way to stand against segregation and racism that was going on in the U.S. While many of us know this picture, what I would like to highlight today is the man that received the Silver medal. His name was Peter Norman, a white Australian sprinter. He stood in support with these men and used his privilege as a white man to further the conversation and shine additional light on the injustices that were going on here in America. As a result, he was shunned by his country. When people asked him what it was like to have his win overshadowed and a career lost as a result of supporting these men, he responded that he was proud to be part of the moment. In times of struggle, we must do what is right and support just like this man did even when it cost him his career. #blackhistory #blackhistoryfacts #blackhistorymonth #olympichistory #australian #tommiesmith #johncarlos #peternorman

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This famous photo of Tommie Smith and John Carlos bravely doing the black power Salute, during the civil rights is iconic.
However it also shows a forgotten hero. The white Australian athlete Peter Norman. You see Peter wore the same badge, Tommie and John wore, to show solidarity with black civil rights movement.

When he came home he was ostracised by the majority in his country. He endured threats and even had his athletic career sabotaged, when they stopped him competing in future 1972 Olympics. They then even refused to invite as a guest to the 2000 Australian Olympic games (not so long ago). Yet he still stood for what was right.
Tommie and John remained friends with Peter, until he passed away. They were both Pallbearers, for his coffin. Both are now campaigning to have a statue put in place, to comerate Peters bravery.
Peter stood by what was right, when the majority were wrong. He was not concerned with the lack of recognition, he stood for what was right. The strength of a man or any person, is in their morality. #honesty #respect #humility #compassion and #authenticity.
Be like Peter..... #peternorman

On 1968, an iconic moment happened at the Mexico Olympics. U.S. sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos protested racial inequality in the United States and the pre-Olympics violence in Mexico from the medal stand. Each man held their gloved fist aloft in the black power salute as the U.S. anthem played. What many don’t know is that the third man on the medal stand, Australian Peter Norman, was also protesting. On his jacket you can see a pin, it’s an Olympic Project for Human Rights pin. All three men were punished to varying degrees. Smith and Carlos were suspended from the U.S. team by the IOC and eventually expelled from the games. Norman’s career suffered greatly and he never competed in another Olympics, nor was he welcomed to the 2000 Sydney Olympics even though he still holds the Australian 200 meter record. #Olympics #1968 #protest #salute #blackpower #PeterNorman #JohnCarlos #TommieSmith - .
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Taking it back to #October #6th #1968 during the #Summer #Olympics (the same Olympics my high school cross country coach ran the 100 meter dash at...rip Bob Day 😇) which were held in #Mexico 🇲🇽 when #TommieSmith (1st place #gold #medalist) and #JohnCarlos (3rd place #Bronze #Medalist) bowed their heads and raised a black gloved fist ✊in protest, on the podium during the #national #anthem after the #200 #meter #race. The two #US #Athletes received their medals shoeless but were wearing black socks to represent #BlackPoverty. All three athletes including #PeterNorman (2nd place) wore #OlympicProjectForHumanRights (#OPHR) badges symbolizing #HumanRights on their jackets. #TheBlackPowerSalute #BlackHistoryMonth

#28daysofblackhistoryhump - featuring The Most Politically Outspoken Black Athletes of All Time - Peter Norman: It is perhaps the most iconic sports photograph ever taken.
Captured at the medal ceremony for the men's 200 meters at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, U.S. sprinter Tommie Smith stands defiantly, head bowed, his black-gloved fist thrust into the thin air.
Behind him fellow American John Carlos joins with his own Black Power salute, an act of defiance aimed at highlighting the segregation and racism burning back in their homeland.
It was an act that scandalized the Olympics. Smith and Carlos were sent home in disgrace and banned from the Olympics for life. But they were treated as returning heroes by the black community for sacrificing their personal glory for the cause. History, too, has been kind to them.
Yet few know that the man standing in front of both of them, the Australian sprinter Peter Norman who shocked everyone by powering past Carlos and winning the silver medal, played his own, crucial role in sporting history.
On his left breast he wore a small badge that read: "Olympic Project for Human Rights" -- an organization set up a year previously opposed to racism in sport. But while Smith and Carlos are now feted as human rights pioneers, the badge was enough to effectively end Norman's career. He returned home to Australia a pariah, suffering unofficial sanction and ridicule as the Black Power salute's forgotten man. He never ran in the Olympics again. #1968olympicsblackpowersalute #peternorman

Thinking of 3 medalist in 1968 Mexico City Olympic.
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Tommie Smith and John Carlos's slient protest at the 1968 Summer Olympic games will forever be remembered as one of the most iconic sports images of the 20th century

The protest was carefully planned by both atheletes. Smith, who won gold in the 200 meter,  and Carlos, who won bronze, both removed their shoes as they walked to the winners podium to protest poverty. They each wore beads and a scarf to protest lychings. Smith unzipped his jacket in definance of Olympic ettiquite to support the working class of America and when the national anthem began they both lowered their heads and lifted the Black Power salute.

Prior to the protest, Smith and Carlos approached Peter Norman, the Australian runner who won silver and asked him if he believed in human rights. They told him that they would be staging a protest and Norman responded “I’ll stand with you." All three athletes took to the podium with the "Olympic Project for Human Rights" badge pinned to their chests.

The punishment for the two Americans was swift. They were forced to forfeit their medals, were barred from further competition and removed from the Olympic Village. Upon their return to The States, both men would receive death threats for decades. The Australian Olympic Committee banned Norman from ever competing again

In 2006, at the age of 64, Peter Norman passed away. Both Tommie Smith and John Carlos traveled to Melbourne, Australia to serve as his pallbearers

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I hope you wouldn’t mind taking 1.5 minutes of your day to read this story of Black and White solidarity

Summer Olympics, 1968, Mexico City. Gold and Bronze medalists, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise fists for human rights as the US National Anthem plays for their victories...
“ As they left the podium they were booed by the crowd. Smith later said, ‘If I win, I am American, not a black American. But if I did something bad, then they would say I am a Negro. We are black and we are proud of being black. Black America will understand what we did tonight.’ “

Reflecting post-Super Bowl Sunday, I would like to think that this is similar to Colin Kaepernick’s rationale in taking a knee during the National Anthem...

Backstory (#facts) from the 1968 ceremony, one of the 20th century’s most iconic moments...

Men’s 200-meter sprint
Gold: Tommie Smith, USA, 19.83 sec. (then world record)
Silver: Peter Norman, Australia, 20.06 sec.
Bronze: John Carlos, USA, 20.10 sec.

1. All three medalists wore “Olympic Project for Human Rights” badges on their track jackets. Peter (AU) stood in solidarity with Tommie and John (US). He was then shamed and vilified upon return to Australia...for supporting international human rights...

2. John forgot to bring his black gloves that day, so Peter suggested he wear Tommie’s other glove, hence John’s left fist in the air.

3. Tommie and John went shoeless, and wore black socks on the podium to remind us of Black poverty

4. John wore his track jacket open to show solidarity with blue collar workers, as well as a beaded prayer necklace for all Black people who never received a prayer before or after being lynched, tarred, thrown off the boat in the middle passage, etc.

5. There’s a statue at San Jose State University (Tommie and John’s alma mater) to commemorate this moment. Peter’s spot on the podium is empty, at his request, as he felt that the statement Tommie and John made that day was unprecedented and should stand on its own. He wanted people who would visit the memorial to stand in his place and experience the same feeling of solidarity.

In honor of black history month, let us all honor some of the most notable athletes from past to present fighting against this oppressive system that favors one group of people and impoverish others.....#johncarlos,#tommiesmith,#peternorman,#muhammadali,#craighodges,#maumoudabdulrauf,#duanethomas,#colinkaepernick,#jackierobinson#blackhistorymonth,#endwhitesupremacy,#athletes

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