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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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Princeton University Art Exhibits, Fall, 2018

Two relevant shows are on exhibit at Princeton University. Civil Rights in Comics, Bernstein Gallery, Robertson Hall. Open through November 15, 2018 The exhibition features two comic books: Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story (1958), and March (2013-16), a…

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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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Why do whites oppose the NFL protests?

Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune reporter, compares white attitudes toward current protests against injustices–Black Lives Matter, kneeling during the National Anthem, etc.–to poll responses by whites during civil rights actions in the 1960s.  “Every time unrest erupts in black communities in…

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Walking Histories: Race and Protest at Princeton and in Trenton, May 31, 2018

This series of performance walks through the Princeton University campus, created by theater artist Aaron Landsman and historian Alison Isenberg in collaboration with Princeton students, examines how issues of race and protest, in Trenton and on campus, are imprinted on Princeton’s buildings and…

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