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Wed, 10.16.1968

Black athletes suspended from Olympics

Smith and Carlos send a message

On this date in 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Black sprinters, were suspended from the Olympic Games in Mexico City.

They were suspended after they held up their fists in a Black Power salute while receiving their medals at the awards ceremony. The athletes' actions came to symbolize the Black Power movement in sports.

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