The Tragic Story of the White Man at the Black Power Salute That Shook the Olympics in 1968

Posted on Aug 25, 2016

The 1970s were a dark period in human history: segregation laws were nothing unusual and racial discrimination was strong. However, what this athlete did proved that everyone should fight for equality, no matter if they are black or white. Sadly, his sacrifice was forgotten until someone decided to pay tribute to this heroic man.

1. A Dark Period in History

A Dark Period in History
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Because of the inhumane treatment people of color were receiving, the States faced many uprisings by the end of the 1960s, and it became clear something had to be changed. In the middle of all that fuss created not only in the US but in the whole world, the Olympic Games in Mexico City were held in October. Only a few months earlier, Martin Luther King had been killed.
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