Activist, gold medalist Tommie Smith to speak at Stanislaus State on Friday

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Tommie Smith said he still thinks about his “silent gesture” during the 1968 Olympics every day.

After Smith won the gold medal in the 200-meter dash and Team USA teammate John Carlos won the bronze, the two raised their fists during the award ceremony with the purpose of calling attention to racial disparity, especially toward African Americans in the United States.

“I am the 1968 Olympics,” Smith said.

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