From the 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute to the 2014 Hands Up
5 St. Louis Rams’ raised their hands in black solidarity to cryout for America to finally see black lives as human. From 1968 to 2014, from lynchings to police sanctioned killings, the state of America has not changed much since.
TOMMIE SMITH AND JOHN CARLOS 1968 OLYMPICS BLACK POWER SALUTE AFTER WINNING THE GOLD AND BRONZE METALS…. IF YOU DON’T STAND FOR SOMETHING YOU WILL FALL FOR ANYTHING! WE MUST NOT FORGET THE ONES THAT TOOK A STAND! JULY 18, 2008, 44 YEARS LATER SMITH AND CARLOS RECEIVED THE ARTHUR ASHE AWARD FOR COURAGE
“The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute: African American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raise their fists in a gesture of solidarity at the 1968 Olympic games. Australian Silver medalist Peter Norman wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge in support of their protest. Both Americans were expelled from the games as a result.”