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Tommie Smith: An Olympic journey of prejudice, then perseverance
The boos and the catcalls echoed as Tommie Smith and John Carlos walked off the medal stand in the summer of 1968, track shoes in their hands to symbolize the poverty of their youth. The noise reached a crescendo as they stepped into a tunnel labeled the dungeon in the bowels of Estadio Olímpico Universitario in Mexico City.
April 10, 2013