Return to Mexico City - An Audience with Olympic Icon Tommie Smith
Saturday, 11 August 2012 from 14:00 to 16:00 (BST)
Return To Mexico City
+ Live & Direct an audience with 68 icon Tommie Smith
This charity event features a first time screening in the UK of Return to Mexico City and Tommie Smith in a live Q&A
Narrated by Keifer Sutherland, is an award-winning documentary about the lives of Olympic athletes Dr Tommie Smith, and John Wesley Carlos, who shot to fame during the 1968 Olympics, when they performed the black power salute upon collection their medals for the 200 meter dash finals. After setting a new world record time of 19.83 seconds, gold medallist Dr. Tommie Smith and bronze medal winner John Wesley Carlos bowed their heads and raised a black-gloved fist toward the sky as the national anthem played.
were subsequently suspended from the US team and removed from the Olympic village as Olympics officials felt they had politicised the ceremony. Upon their arrival home, both men received countless death threats, and spent years fighting the prejudice of those who had misconstrued the act as being an anti-American gesture.
, the protest made by Tommie Smith and John Carlos represented not only the American struggle for racial equality but also the universal struggle for basic human rights.
, Olympic gold-medallist and sports icon Dr. Tommie Smith discusses his experiences of the Olympic committee, his relationship with other athletes, his personal beliefs, and his work with young people.