[act-ma] Friday, 10/14: "Dr. John Carlos Speaks at Occupy Boston!"

Keith Rosenthal keithmr81 at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 11 14:03:31 PDT 2011



The John Carlos Story Book Discussion/Signing  

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 4:00pm   
>Dewey Square (Across from South Station)  
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>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. Here is the remarkable story of 
one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist, John Carlos.   
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>     Olympian and Civil Rights icon John Carlos is coming this Friday 10/14 to Occupy Boston! He will discuss the thread that connects the protest 
movements of 1968 to the movements for Justice today - from the Occupy 
movement that has spread across the country and around the world, to the anger sparked by the execution of Troy Davis. Q&A and discussion to follow. Invite your friends!
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>“With what’s happening in this country right now any fair-minded person would have to admit righteousness is on the side of the people. But you have 
to steel yourself, be strong in your resolve because more than likely it will be tested.” - Dr. John Carlos on Occupy Wall Street
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>About the Author   
>John Carlos 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 later became a track 
coach at a high school in Palm Springs, where he now resides. He was 
inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2003.   
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 of America's most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has 
been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, 
speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black 
Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has 
praised his "ferocious moral vision." His many books include Race Matters,Democracy Matters, and his new autobiography, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.
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>John Carlos will be in Boston as part of a nationwide tour to promote his new book"The John Carlos Story". 
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