Matt Hefler Presents: On This Day October 17, 1968

On this day (October 17th) in 1968: Tommie Smith and John Carlos hold a silent protest when receiving their gold and bronze medals in the 200m, respectively, at the Olympics in Mexico. The two men were demonstrating against racial discrimination of black people in the US. The pair received boos from many in the crown upon leaving. Two days later the pair were suspended from the National Olympic teams. They received a warm welcome from the African-American community but both also received death threats.

Check out yesterday’s Matt Hefler Presents post.