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50 Years Later, Raised Fists During National Anthem Still Resonate

NPR reporter Karen Grigsby Bates relates the story of Tommie Smith and John Carlos, American sprinters who won gold and bronze medals respectively in the 1968 Olympics  200-meter running event, then bowed their heads and raised their black-gloved fists on…

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Kaepernick’s Knee and Olympic Fists Are Linked by History

In the same week that Nike released a new ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick and some offended fans burned their Nike gear, Jeré Longman’s essay draws a parallel between the raised fists of athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos during…

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Uncovering the Hidden Resistance History of Black Women Athletes

In an interview with Dave Zirin in the Nation, Professor Amira Rose Davis talks about some of the forgotten heroines of athletic resistance like Wilma Rudolph and Rose Robinson.  David tells their stories in her forthcoming book, Can’t Eat A…

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Black women are heroes in Rio. But they’re not just fighting to win gold.

In Joy-Ann Reid’s  analysis in the Washington Post of the achievement of the American black women Olympic athletes, she states that “the measure of their reception is a measure of the uneven progress of black women in terms of the full…

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