The John Carlos Story

The John Carlos Story

The Sports Moment That Changed the World

Book - 2011
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Nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Outstanding Literary Work Autobiography/Biography

Seen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Here is the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist John Carlos.

John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete, professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze medal in the 200 meters race at the 1968 Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy. The John Carlos Story is his first book.

Dave Zirin is the author of four books, including Bad Sports , A People's History of Sports in the United States , and What's My Name, Fool? He writes the popular weekly online sports column "The Edge of Sports" and is a regular contributor to, SLAM , Los Angeles Times , and The Nation , where he is the publication's first sports editor.

Publisher: Chicago : Haymarket Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781608461271
Branch Call Number: 796.422 C195a 2011
Characteristics: xxi, 193 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Zirin, Dave


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Oct 25, 2011

This book is like having a conversation or listening to an author at a book reading. John Carlos had help writing it but it's very much in Carlos' voice, as if he were talking to friends. He says things like "You can take that to the cleaners" and "goodness gracious" as well as a couple earthier expressions. But he's very endearing and my respect for him is huge. He explains the origin of the black power salute at the Olympics in 1968 and talks eloquently about the negative fallout. It's an easy read but it's a good book. It shows the power of individuals. He encourages us all to stand up for our principles. Don't complain, organize (or at least agitate)!


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