Thursday, October 16, 2008

Legacy Lives On...

Exactly 40 years ago at the Olympic games in Mexico City, Tommie Smith & John Carlos won a gold medal & a bronze medal respectively in the 200 meter race. Minutes later, while receiving their medals, the raised their black-gloved fists in the air for the Black Power salute as the national anthem was played. This was a momentous move by two black individuals at a time when the civil rights movement was still happening. Today marks the 40-year anniversary of what they've done for the black population & for every other minority in America. On October 16, 1968, they helped change what America is now.

San Jose State is extremely proud of our two athletes who stood up for what they believed was right & has created a legacy that has lasted at the university decades after they graduated. We had a rally of sorts at the statues in their honor as well as promoting how important it is to vote in the upcoming election.

One of our state senators, Elaine Alquist, came to speak today about how important & crucial it is for everyone to register & to actually vote in November. Sadly, I only got to hear part of her speech cuz I had to attend class, but from what I can muster, she's a pretty awesome lady. Anyhoo, for all of you who haven't yet, go register to vote & go to the polls on Election Day. It is our right & our duty to help shape the future of America.

1 comment:

  1. that's so awesome you have the statue there to represent what those two Olympians did :) how cool is it that your senator came to speak! you have like one of the coolest schools ever!