The U.S. Olympic team includes more than 75 athletes from the northwest. One of them is Minnesota transplant Ben Blankenship, who be will be competing in the men’s 15-hundred meter race later this month. He’s excited about Rio, and has been preparing by training in some uniquely northwest locations.
1968 Olympian, author and Olympic Project for Human Rights organizer, Dr. John Carlos and author and sports writer, Dave Zirin talk sports and politics. Dr John Carlos authored his memoir with Dave Zirin, “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World.” That moment is when Olympic medal winners in the 200 meter race, John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their black gloved fists in protest during the national anthem at the Olympic prize ceremony. Peter Norman, the silver medalist also pictured in the iconic photo, wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge in support. This was more than a moment. It was a movement.
Dr. John Carlos and Dave Zirin sat down at our KBCS studios with Music + Idea host, Sonya Green.