Archive: Tommie Smith makes a 'Black Power Salute' at Olympics

On 17 October 1968, Tommie Smith caused controversy by making a 'Black Power Salute' at the Olympics.

After winning 200m gold in Mexico City, Smith and his fellow American John Carlos - who took bronze - made the gesture during their medal ceremony in order to support the civil rights cause.

Here Smith explains what led him to make one of the most political statements the Olympics has ever seen.

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