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The Fist is Still Raised: A Conversation with Tommie Smith

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Date Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Time 7:30 pm

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Oberlin College’s Heisman Club and the Presidential Initiative on Racial Equity and Diversity present ‘‘The Fist is Still Raised: A Conversation with Tommie Smith.’’

Heisman Club board member and Hall of Fame inductee George Smith ’87 will moderate the Zoom discussion. He is a coanchor with WKOW 27 News in Madison, Wisconsin, and a former correspondent for ESPN.

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Smith won the gold medal in the 200 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics with a world-record time of 19.83. Standing on the medal podium, along with his teammate John Carlos, Smith raised a fist to protest racism and injustice against Black Americans in the United States. A controversial gesture at the time, it remains a symbolic moment in history.