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Howard U. graduate uses Washington Times sports column, new BookSquint summary to educate the public on 50th anniversary of protest at Mexico City Olympics

Fifty years after Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in protest during Mexico City Olympics, issues still resonate with athletes like Colin Kaepernick

Washington, DC, United States – WEBWIRE

On October 16, 1968, U.S. sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith stepped onto the podium and stepped into the history books, giving a “Black Power” salute that ranks among the most iconic photographs in world history.
Legendary sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards was behind the protest, which ran parallel to African Americans’ overall struggle for civil rights throughout the 1960s. Edwards’ book “The Revolt of the Black Athlete” (1968), offered a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the run-up to the Olympics. For those who prefer a shorter version, Beckham Publications has released a BookSquint Summary (, an e-book edited by Bowie resident and Washington Times sports columnist Deron Snyder.
Some of the issues that resonated back then are felt to this day. Colin Kaepernick took a knee and put his NFL career on the line a half-century after Smith and Jones raised their fists and put the world on notice. Snyder, a Howard University graduate, often writes about the intersection of sports, culture, race and politics in his work (, including his October 16 column that commemorates the anniversary.
“The history behind the protest is a lesson worth learning, especially considering everything happening today,” Snyder writes in the editor’s introduction to the e-book: “I didn’t realize the impact of Carlos and Smith’s actions, the consequences they faced, and everything behind that act of defiance.”
Snyder appeared on WPFW-FM last week and is scheduled to appear on WHUR-FM on Friday. Available for print and broadcast interviews to discuss the anniversary and the current state of black athlete activists, he can be reached via


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