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Olympics / Suspension / Black Athletes #440320

NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 21, 1968
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(Studio) European newspapers condemn international Olympic Committee for sending home 2 black militant athletes. Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised clenched fists during national anthem playing.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Los Angeles, California) Smith and Carlos arrive; refuse to speak to reporters
REPORTER: Chet Huntley Narrates

(Studio) Action may have ended any plans for larger black power demonstrations.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Mexico City, Mexico) After winning 1,600 meter relay, United States team of Ron Freeman, Vince Matthews, Larry James and Lee Evans wore black berets when received medals. Removed berets during national anthem. Raised clenched fists as leaving; some jeers heard. 400 meter relay won by United States team of Charlie Greene, Mel Pender, Ronnie Ray Smith and Jim Hines. No berets or demonstration. 800 meter race winner, Madeline Manning, had no beret or clenched fist. Negro athletes not openly showing resentment at Smith and Carlos being sent home.
REPORTER: Floyd Kalber

Huntley, Chet;
Kalber, Floyd

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