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52 Years Later, John Carlos, Tommie Smith’s Silent Gesture Screams Louder Than Ever

October 16th is the 52nd anniversary of John Carlos and Tommie Smith's silent protest atop the Olympic medal stand in Mexico City. The image...

Tommie Smith Turns 76: A Look Back At A Legend’s Legacy

The results of Tommie Smith's black power salute on the stands at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City is remembered as the turning...

Tommie Smith, John Carlos Are Heading To The Olympic HOF

In 1968, were criticized for raising their fists as they received medals at that year’s Summer Olympics—now, they are receiving the U.S. Olympics...

Tommie Smith Turns 75: A Look Back At A Legend’s Legacy

From vilified Olympian to honored member of the academic community, Smith's lived an incredible life. The results of Tommie Smith's black power salute on the...

Did Kaepernick Reject NFL or Vice Versa? Dueling Narratives Arise


When the NFLs protest initially started, students of history knew the end result could be really bad for QB Colin Kaepernick. Muhammad Ali once stood up for what he believed, and it cost him three prime years of his career.  Tommie Smith and J

Olympic Games To Stop Athletes From Kneeling/Raising Fists

Colin Kaepernick’s effect on society and sports has gone global. On Thursday, the International Olympic Committee announced new guidelines that won’t allow athletes in this...

Pan American Games Become Site Of Silent Protests For Team USA Athletes

Last year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. This...

TSL Sports Talk- David Steele On The Impact Of The 1968 Olympics

Steele, co-author of Tommie Smith's autobiography, "Silent Gesture", reflects on the 1968 Olympic protest, 50 years later. On October 16th, 1968, Tommie Smith and John...

J.T. Brown’s Willing To Stand Alone For What He Believes In

The Minnesota Wild right winger spoke with The Shadow League about his stance in support of Colin Kaepernick and more. Minnesota Wild right winger J.T....

Race Is Always In The Conversation When Talking About The Black QB


Last Sunday, when Lynn Redden, the superintendent of the Houston-area Onalaska Independent School District , posted, When you need precision decision making you cant count on a black quarterback,