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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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Colin Kaepernick and the Power of Black Silent Protest

Ameer Hasan Loggins references earlier silent Black protests, namely the Negro Silent Protest Parade on July 28, 1917, when thousands of Black children, women, and men brought national attention to the three day reign of terror in East Saint Louis when…

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