John Carlos

…”Growing up in Harlem, John Carlos knew both Fred Astair, from his performances outside the Cotton Club, and Malcolm X, from his presences in Harlem’s other streets. He was dyslexic, and the greatest American black athlete of the 20th century. He was NYC to the bone, but really experienced the depths of American racism in East Texas, after not becoming an Olympic swimmer because racism prevented him from practicing in NYC area pools. He played pro football for the Eagles after being ostracized by white America in the 1960’s and continuously afterwards, tore all the ligaments in his knee making a cutback on the then-still-new Astro-turf, and afterwards was a cripple for life. He loved kids and as far as I can tell started the presently flourishing activity of enormously talented athletes sponsoring underprivileged kids’ programs. And, of course, he and Tommie Jones raised their gloved fists in the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, as pictured on the book’s cover…

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Final-Installment-of-m-by-Gentry-L-Rowsey-120610-90.html

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