Team USA warm-up suit worn by Tommie Smith at 1968 Olympics

  • Creator: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
  • Year: 1968
  • Location: Mexico City, Distrito Federal (place used)

Worn by gold medalist Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. 

During their medal ceremony in the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City on October 16, 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, two African-American athletes representing the United States, each raised a black-gloved fist during the playing of the US national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner“. While on the podium, Smith and Carlos, who had won gold and bronze medals respectively in the 200-meter running event of the 1968 Summer Olympics, turned to face the US flag and then kept their hands raised until the anthem had finished. In addition, Smith, Carlos, and Australian silver medalist Peter Norman all wore human-rights badges on their jackets.

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Team USA warm-up suit worn by Tommie Smith at 1968 Olympics is available in the public domain via Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication .

Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture | Source: Smithsonian Learning Lab

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