Section 4 students: Toward the end of last Tuesday’s class, I sent you out to observe the close of SJSU’s commemoration of the day 39 years ago when Tommy Smith and John Carlos raised their black-gloved fists during a medals ceremony at the 1968 Olympics. I told you to observe the scene and blog about it; I asked you to be descriptive and include at least one quote from someone involved in the event or at the scene.
Also, here’s a description of the event from an email I received about it:
Tuesday, October 16th, 2007, marks the 39th Anniversary of Tommie Smith & John Carlos’ historic stand during the 1968 Olympics. In honor of the anniversary, the Associated Students in conjunction with several professors on campus have planned a noon hour lecture titled “Student Advocacy: Past and Present” to occur on the sculpture garden lawn, adjacent to the statue of Tommie Smith & John Carlos and Clark Hall. We will be using a small sound system to amplify the voices of our guest speakers (who are all SJSU professors and the AS President), and having a short drumming performance prior to the lecture. We expect about 100-150 students and staff to attend.
Please be sure to get your description of this event posted on your blog before next Tuesday’s class.