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John W Carlos

Dr. John CarlosĀ is an African American former track and field athlete and professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze-medal in the 200 meters race at the 1968 Summer Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy. He went on to equal the world record in the 100 yard dash and beat the 200 meters world record. After his track career, he enjoyed brief stints in the National Football League and Canadian Football League but retired due to injury. He became involved with the United States Olympic Committee and helped to organize the 1984 Summer Olympics. He was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2003.

Books

  • The John Carlos Story

    John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout.