Tommie Smith and John Carlos

Sport: Track and Field
Years: 1968
After winning the gold and bronze medals for the 200 meter dash at the Olympics in Mexico City, John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their gloved fists on the medal podium in a black power salute on the Olympic medal podium. At the time their gesture was seen as a very disrespectful airing of the country's dirty laundry on the world stage. Carlos and Smith were immediately suspended from the U.S. Olympic team and received death threats for years after returning home. Today Carlos and Smith are seen as Civil Rights heroes and were honored with a statue in 2005 at their alma mater, San Jose State University. Time sure changes a lot, huh?