[act-ma] UPDATE: Fri, 10/14 - Two Chances to Hear Olympic & Civil Rights Icon John Carlos in Boston!

Keith Rosenthal keithmr81 at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 12 14:25:22 PDT 2011

--please forward widely--

The Sport in Society Center at Northeastern University
and Haymarket Books to Present:

Olympic and Civil Rights Icon John Carlos

4:00PM, Friday, October 14th
"Occupy Boston" camp at Dewey Square
South Station T-Stop on the Red Line
Boston, MA, 02110


5:00PM, Friday, October 14th

Northeastern University
Curry Student Center, Rm 444
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Carlos will give a presentation and sign copies of his new autobiography
The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World

"John Carlos is an American hero. And finally he has written a memoir 
to tell us his story—and a powerful story it is. I couldn't put this book down."

—Michael Moore

Seen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked 
controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one 
of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power 
movement. Come hear the remarkable story of one of the men behind the 
salute, lifelong activist, John Carlos.
A short video trailer for the book can be found here.

A review of The John Carlos Story from The New York Times can be found here.

Praise for The John Carlos Story:
 "Biblically, athletes with superior attributes were seen as gifts from God. Whether 
it was Samson staring down the Philistines or David slaying Goliath, 
they and latter-day heroes such as Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson and 
Muhammad Ali, selflessly used their gifts and magnificently magnified 
platforms to transform society. It is in that tradition that JohnCarlos, and his teammate Tommie Smith, raised their fists in solidarity with 
the American civil rights struggle, as well as the struggles of those 
who exist on the downside of advantage. It was a statement for the ages. This act of righteous defiance lifted us all to a new level of dignity 
and shared responsibility to improve the conditions of the poor the 
world over...But the price of heroism is high. John Carlos paid and this is his story."
—Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

"The John Carlos story is the remarkable chronicle of an epic life sketched against the defining crisis of race in America. Carlos' athletic genius on the field is matched by his heroic will to overcome 
trials and tribulations in his personal life, and to find resurrection 
in his professional life. This is an inspiring and eloquent story about a great American whose commitment to truth, justice and democracy were 
tested and found true."
—Michael Eric Dyson

"The John Carlos Story is a blow by blow detail of triumph vs tragedy from the jump. Again 
Dave Zirin uncovers, and yet illuminates the mere footnotes of this 
sports history hero with his impeccable balance of truth. This story 
drills a hole into the myth of black athlete success and worship."
—Chuck D, Public Enemy
"An intelligent and insightful look into the journey of one of our most underrated heroes. Mr. Carlos' passion for justice and fairness has changed our world. You can feel his passion (and his anger) in every word."
—Jemele Hill, ESPN columnist and television analyst
"History tells us iconic moments in sport are always enveloped in personal 
stories of sacrifice, courage, and angst. The lasting images that we see occur in a flash contain enriching back stories that are typically even more significant and tragic than the moment itself. John Carlos and Dave Zirin have combined to tell such a story. The moment that two men 
stood on the world platform to take a stand after they had become the 
best in the world is rich, complicated but most importantly as relevant 
today as it was in Mexico City. Dave brings a beautiful and passionate voice of truth to his listeners 
and achieves the same in this book about a man who became a legend. I am proud to call him my friend."
—DeMaurice Smith, Director NFL Players Assiciation

About John Carlos:
John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete, professional 
football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human 
Rights. He won the bronze medal in the 200-meter race at the 1968 
Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith 
was seen the world over. 
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