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Civil Rights: One Act - The 1968 Olympics

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Civics +2 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

I created this small collection for my students to consider the roles of each individual in this photograph. When they engaged in the See, Think, Wonder thinking routine many of them wanted to know more about the white man wearing a medal and why he wasn't raising his fist. They generated many additional questions around this idea. I added the ESPN video to help the think more about the photo and its meaning. We had a class discussion that revisited their questions from the day before.

Tommie Smith and John Carlos

National Portrait Gallery

See/Think/Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

1968 Olympic warm up suit pants worn by Tommie Smith

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Newsweek vol. LXXII no.3

National Museum of African American History and Culture