MEXICO CITY (AP) — By the time they reached Mexico City in October 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos were representing a country being torn apart.
The Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., and Bobby Kennedy, riots outside the Democratic convention in Chicago and ...
Two men stood together, utilizing the worldwide platform that only the Olympics can provide, to call attention to the struggle they shared with fellow Americans during a divisive, seemingly intractable period in their country’s history.
In 1968, sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos ...
Black Athletes Have Long History of Speaking Out
- NFL protests named top sports story of 2017
- Trump suggests NFL players who kneel shouldn't be in US
- Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine's citizen of the year
- Colin Kaepernick says he's completing $1 million donation pledge
- America still in turmoil a year after Kaepernick's protest
- Legal experts split on if NFL can punish for anthem protests
- NFL's policy could mean a new playbook on protests this fall
- NFL may change policy that players 'should' stand for anthem
- NFL anthem protests evolve past Kaepernick's original intent
- First-time NFL protesters explain how they became woke
- CBS Sports reporter backtracks on Kaepernick anthem report
- Cleveland police seek to bridge the divide with Browns players after NFL protests
- Players Coalition members at odds
- WWJD? Christian athletes stand up for kneeling as social justice protest
- Beyonce presents Kaepernick with SI's Muhammad Ali Award
- NFL discussing possible steps to deal with anthem protests
- Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters
Moments after Serena Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title, she proudly raised her fist in a black power salute.
It caused a bit of frenzy at the All-England Club in 2016, but Williams’ action shouldn’t have surprised anyone: She’d already been one of the most vocal supporters of the ...
LeBron James: Trump Trying to ‘Divide Us’
Kaepernick’s Supporters Rally Outside NFL Office
By the 1980s, America finally publicly embraced the black athlete, looking past skin color to see athleticism and skill, rewarding stars with multimillion-dollar athletic contracts, movie deals, lucrative shoe endorsements and mansions in all-white enclaves.
Who didn’t want to be like ...
When LeBron James stepped on the court wearing mismatched sneakers in the nation’s capital, it wasn’t a fashion statement by the NBA’s most popular athlete. The message was clearly emblazed in gold on the back of his kicks, one white and one black: Equality.
Sneaker enthusiasts around the ...
Muhammad Ali knew he didn’t have much time left. His career was at stake — but more importantly, so was his freedom — as he awaited the day he would formally refuse to be inducted in the armed forces of the United States.
So he embarked on a grand tour to make some money before his ...
In Jim Crow America, it’s no wonder that Jack Johnson was the most despised African-American of his generation.
The first black boxing heavyweight champion of the world, Johnson humiliated white fighters and flaunted his affection for white women, even fleeing the country after an ...
Method vs. Message: How sports can start a movement
Colin Kaepernick’s first two “protests” drew scant attention. He sat on the bench, out of uniform, virtually unnoticed. His third got some buzz after a reporter
This year’s NFL season featured two of America’s pastimes: football and race, with pre-game protests dividing fans along color lines and making Sunday afternoons among the most segregated hours in the country.
While some fans would prefer players stick to sports, many black athletes have ...
A son who saw a police officer hold a gun to his father’s head. A husband whose wife was pulled over driving a Bentley.
These unsettling scenes are among the stories from some of the NFL’s marquee players, multimillionaires sharing tales of racial profiling by law enforcement. It is a ...