Saturday 5 May 2012

Olympic black power salute athlete John Carlos speaks, 21 May

Olympic athlete John Carlos, who marked his medal at the 1968 games with a raised fist ‘black power’ salute, will speak in London this month, alongside UAF honorary president Doreen Lawrence.

The famous gesture by John Carlos (right of photo) and fellow medal winner Tommie Smith epitomised resistance to racism.

He will speak in London on 21 May at a meeting organised by members of the RMT trade union on the London Underground and sponsored by the Fire Brigades Union.

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John Carlos will be joined at the meeting – ‘Resistance: the true Olympic spirit’ – by Doreen Lawrence, whose son Stephen was murdered by racists and whose long battle for justice brought the conviction of two of his killers earlier this year.

Also on the platform will be Janet Alder, whose brother Christopher died in police custody, and UAF joint secretary Weyman Bennett.

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The meeting takes place at 6pm at Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, central London. Entrance is free.

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