"For me, the most important lesson
[of the Freedom Movement] is that by respecting the fact that fellow activists could passionately disagree over strategy and tactics—yet remain allies—they strengthened SNCC and the Movement as a whole."
From Bruce Hartford's article in the current issue of Urban Habitat.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

John Carlos at Mission High School!!! Dec. 2

Olympic/Civil Rights Icon John Carlos w/ Dave Zirin in SF 
Friday, December 2, 2011 
from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PT) 
Mission High School Auditorium 
3750 18th St  
San Francisco, CA 94114


"John Carlos is one of the grand figures of the 20th century. His incredible political courage, indisputable athletic excellence and indestructible spiritual fortitude set him apart from most contemporary celebrities. In fact, his fame derives from his courage, excellence and fortitude. Yet it is only in this powerful and poignant memoir that we learn of what and who made him who he is."
--Cornel West, from the Foreword to The John Carlos Story

See the book trailer for the The John Carlos Story

About the authors

John Carlos ( is an African American 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 meters race at the 1968 Summer Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy. He went on to equal the world record in the 100 yard dash and beat the 200 meters world record. After his track career, he enjoyed brief stints in the National Football League and Canadian Football League but retired due to injury. He became involved with the United States Olympic Committee and helped to organize the 1984 Summer Olympics. He later became a track coach at a high school in Palm Springs, where he now resides. He was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2003.

Dave Zirin ( was named one of the "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World" by Utne Magazine. He writes about the politics of sports for the Nation magazine, and is their first sports writer in 150 years of existence. Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM satellite's popular weekly show, "Edge of Sports Radio," as well as a columnist for SLAM Magazine, the Progressive, and a regular op-ed writer for the Los Angeles Times. Zirin's other titles are What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States; Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports; The Muhammad Ali Handbook; A People's History of Sports in the United States; and Bad Sports: How Owners Are Ruining the Games We Love.

About the book:

Price: $22.95
ISBN: 9781608461271
Published: October 2011
Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Haymarket Books

1 comment:

Arturo Rodriguez said...

This is a great event to meet an civil rights icon! As a kid, i remember seeing the poster of john carlos and tommie smith hanging in my cousin's bedroom but i never knew the magnitude of the significance. john carlos' quote in the trailer saying "you cannot feed children a gold medal... all we ask for is a chance to be human beings" summarizes his passion and advocacy of civil rights and how it is important for someone of his fame to voice his opinions because he is able to reach an international audience and shed light to the social injustices taking place in America that other societies around the world had no idea about. John Carlos' story will be a great read and tell the perspective of a great athlete in a controversial time.