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      Raising a Fist to Taking a Knee in Phoenix

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      October 23, 2018

      Tuesday   6:30 PM

      1625 N Central Avenue
      Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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      Raising a Fist to Taking a Knee

      History is repeating itself in athlete activism. Fifty years after John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their black-gloved fists during the national anthem at the Mexico City Olympics, athlete activism is again one of the most relevant – and controversial – political topics in the United States. Global Sport Institute and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Arizona State University will host an event tracing a timeline of athlete activism in the U.S. with an emphasis on the iconic moment atop the podium in 1968. Dr. Harry Edwards and Gina Hemphill-Strachan, Jesse Owens’ granddaughter and ASU alum, will offer perspective on pre-1968 social issues and how athlete activism addressed them. John Carlos and Wyomia Tyus, who won her second consecutive 100-meter Olympic gold medal in Mexico City, will bring the moment atop the podium to life and provide insight to athlete activist experiences at the time. Lance Wyman, graphic designer for the 1968 Olympics, will discuss the role his art played in activism at the time and the importance of compelling imagery, such as the photo of Carlos and Smith raising their fists, for driving social conversations and perceptions. Paul Hoffman, 1968 Olympic rower and outspoken ally to Black athletes in 1968, will add fascinating stories about his interactions with the USOC that closely resemble current rhetoric about athlete activism and bring the program into a discussion about the role of athletes in society in 1968 and 2018. Raising a fist or taking a knee, athlete activism matters. A public reception will follow the main program for approximately one hour in the museum foyer. For more event information, please visit

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