Back Power Olympian John Carlos Talks Political Games At The NY Public Library

While sitting at home in Harlem, when you Google “1968 Olympics” the first suggestion returned is “1968 Olympics Black Power salute.” That iconic image, of John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City—shoes off, head down, black-gloved fist raised in salute—has come to define the spirit of protest that infused the late 1960s. This spring, as the Library remembers the 1960s in its exhibit, You Say You Want a Revolution, Dr. Carlos will speak with sports writer Dave Zirin about the principles behind the protests of athletes, and what power they have to impact culture and influence politics.

$25 rush tickets are often available the day of the event. Sign up for standby rush tickets at the box office as early as 6 PM. If the event isn’t sold out, tickets will be available on the spot. If the event is sold out, we still encourage you to come, as last minute tickets may become available shortly before the event begins.

LIVE from the NYPL programs begin promptly at 7 PM. The library recommend arriving twenty minutes before the scheduled start time to get to your seats. Late seating is up to the discretion of Library staff.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7 pm EDT

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Edna Barnes Salomon Room, The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

Photo credit: Gold medalist Tommie Smith (center) and bronze medalist John Carlos (right) showing the raised fist on the podium after the 200 m race at the 1968 Summer Olympics; both wear Olympic Project for Human Rights badges. Peter Norman (silver medalist, left) from Australia also wears an OPHR badge in solidarity with Smith and Carlos.

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