Black Power Salute: How a Photograph Captured a Political Protest

Friday, December 22, 2017
Human Rights Month
December is Human Rights Month. Read about two American Athletes who made history at the 1968 Olympic Games by protesting racial injustice.

Two American athletes made history at the 1968 Summer Olympics, but not on the track. They staged a silent protest against racial injustice. Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalists in the 200-meter sprint, stood with heads bowed and black-gloved fists raised as the national anthem played during the medal ceremony. The Australian silver medalist wore a human rights badge in support. All three would pay a heavy price for their activism. A Life magazine photograph seen by millions would ensure that the silent protest was remembered, and eventually admired, as a symbol of the battle for equality and civil rights.

Author |Smith-Llera, Danielle
Lexile |1,110L
Pages |64
Genre |Nonfiction
Reading level |5-7
Interest level |5-9
Lexile |1,110L