Aug 22, 2008

HUMAN RIGHTS: The Olympics, human rights, and holy love

Life magazine said it was one of the most influential images of the 20th century. Two African Americans and one white Australian took to the winner’s dais and, motivated by their shared faith, all wore Olympic Project for Human Rights buttons while the black Americans raised their fists.…The actions of all three men cost them dearly. As documented in Matt Norman’s brilliant new film, Salute, Tommie Smith and John Carlos were kicked out of the athletes' village, suspended and banned from the Olympics. For the Australian Peter Norman, participating in the organised action cost him his athletic career and he was not chosen for the next Olympics despite being one of the fastest men in the world. Jarrod McKenna writes.

BeliefNet 1 Aug 2008

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