Fists of Fury: The Revolt of the Black Athlete and the 1968 Olympics

Lecture Description

The Revolt of the Black Athlete and the 1968 Olympics.” In this lecture, Smith explains the roots of the “revolt of the black athlete” during the 1960s. Tracing the origins of black athletic protest through the careers of Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, UCLA All-American Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), and track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Smith examines the relationship between iconic black athletes and the radicalization of American politics.

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African American Sports and Recreation

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