Everyone knows this iconic picture: it was 1968. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy both had been assassinated. The US is embroiled in a series of race riots in city centers around the country and the Vietnam protest movement was just beginning. The world was standing on the brink of an earth-shattering conflict. And right in the middle of this was the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
It was at this moment of turmoil, uncertainty, and fear, that 2 Americans made a gesture that will never be forgotten. Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the 1st and 3rd fastest people in the world, bowed their heads and raised their black-gloved fists as "The Star-Spangled Banner" played in honor of Smith's victory in the 200 meters.