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Black Power salute Olympian to visit Clapham Library on Friday

Olympic gold medal winner turned human rights campaigner Tommie Smith will appear at Clapham Library on Friday.

Smith famously performed a raised fist salute on the podium after winning the 200m race at the 1968 Mexico City games.

John Carlos, a second American athlete who came third in the race, also raised his fist and a picture of the pair has become an iconic Olympic image.

Smith and Carlos acted to highlight discrimination against African Americans in their homeland, but where heavily criticised at the time and thrown out of the Olympic village.

They have since been recognised as heroes for taking a stand.

Cllr Sally Prentice, Lambeth Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, said: “We are honoured and delighted to welcome Tommie Smith to Lambeth’s new Clapham Library.

“I would encourage residents to attend what is sure to be a fascinating event.”

Smith will be at the library in Clapham High Street, Clapham on Friday, August 10 from 7.30pm to promote Salute, a documentary about the turmoil of 1968.

The film is directed by Matt Norman, son of Peter, the Australian 200m silver medallist who took to the podium in solidarity with the Smith and Carlos.

After the screening there will be a question and answer session with the former Olympian.

Entry is free, but places are limited and seats can be booked by emailing claphamlibrary@lambeth.gov.uk or phoning 020 7926 0717.

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