Forty-seven years ago Olympic sprinter Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowed their head and raised their fist high during the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City.
Millions of their fellow Americans were angry, but millions more were shocked at the sight of two black men, unafraid, standing firm against a nation that often made life hell for black people during that time.
Killer Mike caught up with one of the men from that iconic moment, Tommie Smith, to discuss the now legendary photo, along with their wearing of the human rights badge on their suits.
“The badge did represent a significant platform on what John Carlos, Tommie Smith did, it was the badge Olympic Project for Human Rights,” explains Smith. “They were synonymous to what we believed in, which is a unification of strength. It can be a different color strength as long as we’re going proactively in the same direction.”