October 1968, Mexico City Olympics: American athletes Tommie Smith & John Carlos raise their arms in a Black power salute after winning, the gold & bronze medals in the men's 200 metres. International Olympic Committee President, Avery Brundage, a Nazi sympathizer even after WWII began, ordered Smith & Carlos suspended from the U.S. team & banned from the Olympic Village. When the US Olympic Committee refused, Brundage threatened to ban the entire US track team. CLICK THRU FOR INTERVIEW Summer Olympics, Tommy Smith, Human Rights, Mexico Cities, Africans American, Power Salutation, Black Power, 1968 Olympics, John Carlo
1992 Summer Olympics Gold Medal FIBA's landmark 1989 decision to allow professional hoopsters to compete in the Olympics led to USA Basketball's creation of the Dream Team, considered among the most illustrious collections of talent in the history of world sport. Charles Barkley averaged a team-high 18.0 points as the Americans steamrolled through the tournament in Barcelona with an average margin of victory of 43.8 points.
Jesse Owens Wins Gold In Nazi Germany The 1936 Berlin Olympic Games were marked by Hitler's desire to showcase Aryan supremacy and American Jesse Owens' refusal to play along. Owens won four gold medals at the games including the long jump. This photo from the medal stand of that event is one of the most powerful images in Olympic history.
Japanese Nurse dressed in Black 1905 Red Cross Nurses were a symbol of modernity and of Japan’s commitment to humanitarian ideals, during the Russo-Japanese War (8 February 1904 – 5 September 1905). Postcards reflected this by updating the age old tradition of Bijin-e (pictures of beautiful women). This postcard is from the “Thousand Contemporary Figures” series.
Many of the Native American photographs we enjoy can be credited to Edward Curtis. In the late 1800's and early 1900's, Curtis realized that the traditional Native American lifestyle was coming to an end. He received a grant from J.P. Morgan to travel the country and photograph Native Americans in their traditional lifestyle and culture.