A Story from Mexico Olympics

BLACK POWER:

  • Thousands of black slaves were brought to Britain by slave ships.
  • In the 18th Century it was the height of fashion for rich ladies to have a black child servant
  • 1995 December 1, an obscure black woman, Mrs. Rosa Parks, was riding home on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott.
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott.
  • As the bus gradually filled up with passengers, a white man demanded that she give him her seat and that she stand near the rear of the bus.
  • Mrs. Parks, who did not have the reputation of being a troublemaker or a revolutionary, said that she was tired and that her feet were tired.
  • The white man protested to the bus driver.
  • When the driver also demanded that she move, she refused.
  • Then, the driver summoned a policeman, and Mrs. Parks was arrested.

A Story from Mexico Olympics

US athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos. They are AFRICAN-AMERICANS
US athletes, Tommie
Smith and John Carlos. They are
AFRICAN-AMERICANS

Black Power: Know Your Rights! In a medal ceremony of the 200 meters race in the 1968 Olympics held at Mexico City.

  • Two men had won a gold and bronze medal They received their medals wearing black socks and no shoes to represent Black poverty.
  • And both of them stood with clenched fists upraised and heads bowed, while the American national anthem was played.
  • These two men were Tommie Smith and John Carlos.
  • They were African Americans.
  • Both of these men tried to draw international attention to racial discrimination in the United States.
  • The black-gloved and raised clenched fists were meant to symbolize Black Power
  • The silver medalist, white Australian athlete, Peter Norman, wore a human rights badge on his shirt during the ceremony to show his support to the two Americans
  • With this gesture they tried to draw international attention to racial discrimination in the United States.
  • Recently, the San Jose (pronounced ‘Saan Hoze’) State University, of which they were former students, honoured them and installed their statue in the University campus.
  • When Norman died in 2006, Smith and Carlos were pallbearers at his funeral.
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