The man who owns it says he’s not sure what he’s going to do with a piece of sports memorabilia that crosses into American history.
It was one of post-War America’s most turbulent summers.
1968 saw war raging in southeast Asia–and at home where young people were crusading for change.
The Summer Olympics in Mexico City brought two sprinters to the medal stand–Tommie Smith and John Carlos. They had finished first and third in the 200 meters.
They’re performances might have been just a footnote in Olympic history if they hadn’t raised gloved fists in a symbol of ‘black power’ and bowed their heads during the National Anthem. Their symbolic gesture made Smith one of the best-known Olympic athletes ever.
Now the collector who owns the suit Smith was wearing that day is pondering whether to give it up–for a price.