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Tommie Smith Biography

A Hard-working Childhood, Civil Rights Protests, Kicked Off The Olympic Team, ChronologyCONTACT INFORMATION


American track and field athlete

Tommie Smith

Sprinter Tommie Smith once held eleven world and American records at the same time, but is most noted for his silent civil rights protest at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968. Standing on the podium after accepting his gold medal for a world-record performance in the 200 meters, Smith raised one black-gloved fist in a salute to African-American power, inciting both controversy and praise.


Address: c/o Santa Monica College Athletic and Physical Education, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405-1628. Phone: (310) 434-4310. Online: www.tommiesmith.com.

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