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Hispanic Heritage Month: John Carlos

10.06.12.JohnCarlos.jpgHaving just won a bronze medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics, John Carlos entered the history books alongside Tommie Smith when both men raised their black gloved hands in salute and created one of the most iconic images of the civil rights movement. Born in Harlem, New York of Cuban descent, John had Olympic aspirations at a very young age, only to find that the color of his skin was an obstacle to his dreams. Yet he would not let racism stand in the way of his incredible athleticism, or indeed the rest of his life. Now a member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and continuing to make speaking appearance, John remains an activist to this day. He has also recently published an autobiography, The John Carlos Story.

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