In Good Conscience

50 years after the Black Power salute, colour is still debated

Oct 16 is the 50th anniversary of the Black Power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the Olympic podium during the 1968 Games in Mexico City.

That, and National Football League quarter-back Colin Kaepernick "taking the knee" during the national anthem two years ago, are regarded, wrongly, as the most potent demonstrations in the sports arena of America's civil rights struggle.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 13, 2018, with the headline '50 years after the Black Power salute, colour is still debated'. Print Edition | Subscribe