Friday, November 11, 2011

The 1968 Summer Olympics

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, 36 athletics events were contested, 24 for men and 12 for women. There were a total number of 1031 participating athletes from 93 countries.

Lee Evans, Ron Freeman, Larry James and Vince Matthews on the victor's stand for the 400-meter relay giving "black power" symbol
Black American athletes wore black gloves and bowed their heads on the medal podium after their medals in the 200m, sparking huge controversy.
Larry James, Lee Evans and Ron Freeman (left to right) on the 400 metres podium at the 1968 Olympic Games
All proudly wearing and showing their Black Panther solidarity black berets. 

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