Jan 22, 2009


The Inauguration of President Barack Obama - The Big Picture - Boston.com
via neatorama....I think I might as well just call this the neatorama pick of the day blog.

1 comment:

Ken H. said...

Thanks for the link to the photos. Very moving.

Some background information on Photo 33 (from Wikipedia):

A political incident occurred at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Two American track and field athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who finished first and third in the 200 meter track and field race, performed the Black Power salute on the victory stand. The second place finisher Peter Norman wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge in support of Smith and Carlos. In response to the protest, IOC President Avery Brundage told the United States Olympic Committee to either send the two athletes home or withdraw the complete track and field team. The USOC opted for the former. The photo of the three men on the medal podium has become an iconic Olympic image.


Smith and Carlos were largely ostracized by the U.S. sporting establishment in the following years and in addition were subject to criticism of their actions. Time magazine showed the five-ring Olympic logo with the words, "Angrier, Nastier, Uglier", instead of "Faster, Higher, Stronger". Back home they were subject to abuse and they and their families received death threats.



Like many black Americans, these two have been waiting a long time...