1968 black power saluteEssence has a great photo gallery of black Olympians over the years. We support all of America’s Olympians in their efforts to offer the world their best and are especially proud of those athletes who may have had to overcome extra challenges to represent their nation with grace & dignity.

It was at the 1968 Olympics that this still striking photo was taken in Mexico City. This certainly isn’t the first political Olympics. There are more over at Essence. Check it out.

From the caption:

This iconic image of sprinters Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos, left, at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexico, remains a striking symbol of the indisputable strength of African-Americans. Smith won the gold medal for the 200-meter race, while Carlos took home the bronze, but both were suspended by the U.S. Olympic Committee and ordered to leave Mexico for giving a black-power salute while receiving awards.

Will you be watching the opening ceremonies tonight? Online or on TV or both?

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