Black Power salute – The human rights salute in Mexico City

October 16, 1968. Two African-American athletes have made history at the Mexico Olympics by staging a silent protest against racial discrimination.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gold and bronze medalists in the 200 meters, stood with their heads bowed and a black-gloved hand raised as the American National Anthem played during the victory ceremony at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario.

The pair both wore black socks and no shoes and Smith wore a black scarf around his neck. They were demonstrating against continuing racial discrimination of black people in the United States.

Olympic Stadium in Mexico City / Image source

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