Olympic athlete John Carlos, who marked his medal at the 1968 games with a raised fist ‘black power’ salute, will speak in London on Monday 21 May at a meeting organised by members of the RMT trade union on the London Underground and sponsored by the Fire Brigades Union. The famous gesture by John Carlos and fellow medal winner Tommie Smith epitomised resistance to racism.
John Carlos will be joined 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 Unite Against Fascism joint secretary Weyman Bennett.
Other speakers include Samantha Rigg-David from the Sean Rigg Campaign for Justice and Change and United Friends and Families Campaign, Sharhabeel Lone of the We are Babar Ahmad Campaign, FBU general secretary Matt Wrack and Mac McKenna, an RMT activist on London Underground.
Supporters of the meeting include:
RMT, FBU, Union news, Unite, PCS, Aslef, NUT Ealing, CWU, UCU, TSSA, NUJ, Barac, UFFC, Sean Rigg Campaign, Christopher Alder Campaign, Haldane Society, SWP, SP, UAF, We are Babar Ahmad Campaign, Inquest, Institute of Race Relations, JENGbA, NSSN