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John Carlos oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in New York, New York, 2013-08-18

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Creator:Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Creator:Cline, David P., 1969-
Creator:Carlos, John P.
Title:John Carlos oral history interview conducted by David P. Cline in New York, New York, 2013-08-18
Date:2013 Aug. 18
Description:

John Carlos discusses his childhood in Harlem, New York, the changes that he saw in Harlem with the widespread use of heroin and the splintering of families, and describes the disparities in education for black children when he was growing up. He remembers the influence of black leaders including Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Carlos was recruited to run track at East Texas State University, where he experienced racial discrimination and was treated poorly by his coach. He explains his protest at the 1968 Olympics, including the symbols that he and Tommy Smith employed to protest racial discrimination, and he describes the emotional impact that the protest had on him.

Types:Oral histories (document genres) | Interviews | InteractiveResource
Subjects:Civil rights movements--United States | African American athletes--Interviews | Civil rights movements--New York (State)--New York | Olympic Games (19th : 1968 : Mexico City, Mexico) | East Texas State University | United States, New York, New York County, New York, 40.7142691, -74.0059729
Collection:Civil Rights History Project
Institution:Library of Congress
Contributors:American Folklife Center
Original Material:

Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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Forms part of online collection: Civil Rights History Project

Persistent Link to Item:http://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0103/