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OLYMPIC ATHLETE REPORT ON TOMMIE SMITH I RECEIVED AN A ON THIS PAPER The late 1960s was a period of tumultuous uproar and uncertainty Using the World of Crayola Crayons as an analogy the two primary colors that were at the center of this turmoil were black and white For illustration purposes lets say someone takes a black crayon and draws a straight line on a white piece of paper Now if someone handed you the piece of paper and told you to analyze it what would your first thought be What the heck is a black line doing on the white piece of paper right Although this example may be perceived as childish from a humanitarian standpoint it demonstrates the position that America was in during the 1960s At the pinnacle of the sixties were the assassinations of JFK Malcolm X and the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Then of course there was the establishment of the United Farm Workers Association by Cesar Chavez And dont forget about the hippie movement the Cuban Missle Crisis the emergence of the infamous Motown sound and the first men to walk on the moon Ahhh and finally who could forget the valiant yet controversial display of black pride exhibited by John Carlos and Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico Tommie Smith was born on June 12 1944 in Clarksville Texas Tommie later attended San Jose State where he was coached by another Hall of Famer Bud Winter At a height of 6-3 and 185 pounds Tommie Smith was said to have had an ideal build for a long sprinter He was the record holder for the 200-meter dash from 1966 to 1971 His best time was 1983 seconds which was the first time that this distance was run in less than twenty seconds Tommie was also a record holder for the straightaway 200-yard dash from 1965 to 1979 in 195 seconds He was
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