John Carlos Story "How Can You Ask Someone to Live in the World, and Not Have Something to Say about Injustice?"

ISBN-10: 1608462242

ISBN-13: 9781608462247

Edition: 2012

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2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work—Biography/Autobiography"A powerful and poignant memoir."—Cornel West, from the foreword"John Carlos is an American hero. And finally he has written a memoir to tell us his story—and a powerful story it is. I couldn't put this book down."—Michael MooreSeen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Here is the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist John Carlos.John Carlosis a former track and field athlete and professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze medal in the 200-meter race at the 1968 Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy.Dave Zirinis the author of four books, includingBad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love,A Peoples' History of Sports in the United States, andWhat's My Name, Fool?
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 2/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 202
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Zirin is Editor of the Prince George's Post (Maryland) and writes the weekly column Edge of Sports ( He is a Senior Writer at and writes for The Source.

I've been writing since I can remember, I was born in England and raised in Aurora, Colorado. I asked my dad once, why of all the places he had been, after 28 years in the Air-force, born in Rhode Island, why he wanted to retire in Colorado? He looked at me and smiled a kinda strange smile "Son it's the best place I have ever been...I do miss the ocean, but not very much". My other siblings traveled all over the world with mom and dad. We spent several years traveling all over Europe and then settled in Colorado. Sure I've been in other parts of the world, all I can remember is....yeah I got nothing, some pics of me as a baby that's all. I have a great wife, 3 daughters and a chunk of land miles and miles from anything. Five days a week I travel, and on the sixth day I work in front of my computer from about 6 am till dark then on Saturday I rest. Shabbat is a very important time in our family life as is the study of the Torah. My wife spent her summers out here on this farm and when the opportunity came for us to move here we did, mother-in-law and father-in-law live 100 yards away and as odd as that may sound to some, it has been a great deal of fun and the feeling of closeness we have is awesome.

Professor, writer, and civil rights activist Cornel West was born on June 2, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Sacramento. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973 with an M.A. and later taught African-American studies there. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Haverford College, and Princeton University, the latter as professor of religion and director of African-American studies. West earned his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980. He has written more than twenty books, including Race Matters and Restoring Hope: Conversations on the Future of Black America.

Introduction: To Sleep with Anger
Harlem World
Street Level Protest: "You Have Forty-Eight Hours…"
Trouble in Texas
The Medal Stand
The Unraveling
Efforts at Resurrection
Save Your Redemption
Appendix: John W. Carlos's Track and Field Records
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