Puma Pays Homage to Tommie Smith and the Black Power Salute in New "BHM" Collection

The Black Power Salute is highlighted in Puma's 2016 Black History Month pack.

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A memorable moment in Olympic history serves as the inspiration for Puma's 2016 "Black History Month" pack.

During the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City , African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos - after having won gold and bronze in the 200 meters respectively - took to the podium in and bowed their heads and raised their black-gloved fists in silent protest during the playing of the national anthem, an act meant to "stand up for human rights and to stand up for black Americans."

Puma's pack consists of three pairs on two models - the Suede and the Sky II High - and features Smith's iconic Olympic silhouette on each. Also featured is a colorful graphic pattern that contrasts the shoe's black uppers. During Tommie Smith's promotion of the pack in Atlanta this past January, Killer Mike got wind of his presence and asked to speak with Smith in regards to the moment and the effect it had on his own life. Below is a video of that conversation.

The pack is slated to release in the near future and will be available at select Puma retailers including Foot Locker, Shiekh Shoes, and Villa.

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