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CSUDH Distinguished Presidential Lecture Series Featuring Tommie Smith

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CSUDH 5th Floor Library

1000 East Victoria Street

Carson, California 90747

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Join the CSUDH community for a discussion featuring Olympic Gold Medalist Tommie Smith

Followed by a Panel Discussion featuring:

  • Steve Wyche- Moderator, Reporter for NFL Network

  • Reggie Bush- Retired NFL Athlete

  • More speakers to come

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 4:00- 6:00 p.m.

CSUDH 5th Floor Library 1000 EAST Victoria Street | Carson, California

This will be a free ticketed event.



During the historical 19th Olympiad in Mexico City in the summer of 1968, Tommie Smith broke the world and Olympic record with a time of 19.83 seconds and became the 200-meter Olympic champion. As the Star Spangled Banner played in the wind at the Mexico City Summer Olympic Games, Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the victory podium, draped with their Olympic medals, each raised a clinched fist covered in a black leather glove in a historic stand for black power, liberation, and solidarity. This courageous, unexpected worldwide event propelled Tommie Smith into the spotlight as a human rights spokesman, activist, and symbol of African American pride at home and abroad. Cheered by some, jeered by others, and ignored by many more, Tommie Smith made a commitment to dedicate his life, even at great personal risk, to champion the cause of oppressed people. The story of the “silent gesture” is captured for all time in the 1999 HBO TV documentary: "Fists of Freedom" and in 2008 Documentary “ Return to Mexico City” by ESPN.

Dr. Smith completed his Autobiography titled “Silent Gesture” published by Temple University Press in January 2007. It was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the literary category Autobiography and Biography and won The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award April 2008, The ESPYS Arthur Ashe Courage Award July 2008 and The Trumpet Awards in 2007. In 2012 Tommie was inducted into the California Sports Hall Of Fame, the AAU Legend Sports Hall of Fame, and the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame. In 2014 he was also inducted in the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.


For further information, contact Ceremonies and Events at (310) 243-2666 or via email at universityevents@csudh.edu

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