|Olympic legend Carlos set to speak at SRJC
Santa Rosa Junior College will host the presentation “Sprint for Justice: An Evening with Olympian John Carlos,” on Saturday, May 18 at 4 p.m. in the Bertolini Student Center in Room 4608.
The lecture is being sponsored by the Black Student Union and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People of Sonoma County. Tickets for the event are $50.
The event will be followed by a question and answer segment along with a book signing opportunity with Carlos for his 2011 memoir “The John Carlos Story.”
Carlos, the bronze medalist in the 200-meter sprint at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, made waves across the world upon raising a black-gloved fist on the medal stand, in silent protest of racism and economic injustice oppressing minorities in the United States.
Carlos and fellow medalist Tommie Smith were banned from the Olympic Village, removed from the U.S. Olympic team, and received death threats upon their arrival home.
Despite a lengthy struggle, Carlos became a symbol of strength in the American civil rights movement and an icon for future generations seeking social justice.
Santa Rosa Junior College’s Bertolini Student Center is located on the Santa Rosa campus at 1501 Mendocino Avenue in Santa Rosa. A $4 parking fee is required to park on campus.