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8:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
The Event Center at SJSU

This October is the 50th anniversary of a defining moment in athlete activism and San Jose State history. During the 1968 Olympic Games, Tommie Smith, ’69 Social Science, ’05 Honorary Doctorate, and John Carlos, ’05 Honorary Doctorate, raised their fists on the medal stand in Mexico City to protest racial inequality, drawing international attention to athlete activism and the core goals of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR). At our October 2018 town hall, we will reflect on OPHR’s 50-year legacy and its connection to the current wave of athlete activism.

Enrolled students with ID can claim one ticket at no cost at the Event Center box office beginning Sept. 13. Faculty and staff members with ID may obtain two tickets at $10 each at the box office. All others may purchase tickets online or at the box office.
 
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Panel 1: “Voices of 1968”

John Carlos, ’05 Honorary Doctorate

1968 Olympics bronze medalist, 200 meters, track and field.

Spencer Haywood

1968 Olympic gold medalist in basketball who witnessed the expulsion of Smith and Carlos from the Olympic Village. Youngest recipient of the NBA’s MVP award after his lawsuit paved the way for underclassmen to play in the NBA.

Paul Hoffman and Cleve Livingston

Members of the 1968 and 1972 Olympic rowing teams and 1972 silver medalists. As Harvard University crew team members, expressed vocal solidarity with the Olympic Project for Human Rights. Hoffman gave Australian 200-meter silver medalist Peter Norman the OPHR badge that Norman wore on the medal podium.

Tommie Smith, ’69 Social Science, ’05 Honorary Doctorate

1968 Olympics gold medalist, 200 meters, track and field.

Wyomia Tyus

1968 Olympics track and field team member who dedicated her gold medal from the 4×100 relay to Smith and Carlos.

Dr. Jules Boykoff (moderator)

Former professional soccer player, Pacific University professor of politics and government, author of Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games.

 

“The Power of Protest: A Conversation with Dr. Harry Edwards” 

Dr. Harry Edwards, ’64 Sociology, ’16 Honorary Doctorate

World-renowned sports sociologist, author of The Revolt of the Black Athlete, and a founder of the Olympic Project for Human Rights and the SJSU Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change.

Kenneth Shropshire

CEO of the Arizona State University Global Sport Institute and former University of Pennsylvania professor, attorney and author whose books include In Black and White: Race and Sports in America.

 

Panel 2: “Perspectives on Athlete Activism”

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Former Denver Nuggets guard who was suspended by the NBA in 1996 for refusing to stand during the national anthem.

Nate Boyer

Former U.S. Army Green Beret and Seattle Seahawks long snapper who suggested former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneel rather than sit during the national anthem.

Howard Bryant

ESPN and National Public Radio sports reporter, author of Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston.

Bill Rhoden

Former award-winning sports columnist for The New York Times, author of Forty Million Dollar Slaves, writer-at-large for ESPN’s The Undefeated.

Toni Smith-Thompson

New York Civil Liberties Union organizer; former Manhattanville College basketball player who sparked outrage in 2003 when she refused to face the flag during the national anthem.

Dr. Damion Thomas

Curator of sports at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, consultant for the Smithsonian Channel documentary Major League Legends.

Dr. C. Keith Harrison (moderator)

Former West Texas A&M football player, University of Central Florida associate professor of sports business management, consultant on diversity and inclusion issues.

 


Institute Events

Exhibit: “The Power of Protest”

Sept. 7 – Nov. 15, 2018 (hours)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, fifth floor

The exhibit will feature artifacts from the Dr. Harry Edwards Collection, the Speed City Era, and the history of athlete activism and social justice advocacy. The collection includes historic photos, autographed books, Olympic Project for Human Rights memorabilia, correspondence from Dr. King and President Barack Obama, and more.

Co-sponsor: SJSU Special Collections and Archives

 

Free Film Series: “Athlete Activism”

Noon, Sept. 18 – Oct. 9, 2018
Diaz Compean Student Union Theater

This documentary film series will detail the history of athlete activism in the United States and globally, the events leading up to the 1968 Olympics, and the legacy of the Olympic Project for Human Rights.

  • Sept. 18, “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975”
  • Sept. 24, “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”
  • Oct. 4, “When We Were Kings”
  • Oct. 9, “13th”

Co-sponsor: Associated Students and Student Union, Inc.

 

Student Research Fair

8-11:30 a.m., Oct. 15, 2018
Diaz Compean Student Union Ballroom

At this inaugural event, numerous undergraduate and graduate research teams and individual student scholars will present a variety of ongoing poster projects related to sport and social issues, while a contingent of other students will present posters in which they engage with the SJSU Campus Reading Program selection for this year, “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World,” by David Zirin and John Carlos. The ISSSSC Research Fair will be opened by keynote speaker Marques R. Dexter, a third year Ph.D. student in the Sport Management and Policy program at the University of Georgia. Dexter will connect the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Olympic protest with the current wave of athlete activism in a paper entitled, “Activism: A Gateway to Stand up for Humanity.”

Co-sponsor: SJSU Campus Reading Program

 

Town Hall: “Words to Action: Landmarks and Legacy of Athlete Activism”

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Oct. 17, 2018
The Event Center at SJSU

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More Campus Events

Discussion: “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World”

Sept. 6 – Dec. 4, 2018
Various times and locations

Discussion groups are planned throughout fall semester for the program’s 2018-19 book selection by David Zirin and John Carlos.

For more information: SJSU Campus Reading Program

 

Talk: “Know Your Rights! From Raising a Fist to Taking a Knee: Black Protest and the Price of Freedom of Speech, 1968-2018”

Noon to 1:15 p.m., Sept. 18
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library 225-257

Professors John Halushka and Edith Kinney will cover key issues in the civil rights movement.

For more information: SJSU Campus Reading Program

 

Discussion: Performance: “Music of the ’60s”

1-2 p.m., Oct. 11
Diaz Compean Student Union west patio

Featuring Grammy Award recipient and Professor Aaron Lington conducting the SJSU Jazz Studies Combo.

For more information: SJSU Campus Reading Program

 

Panel: “SJSU and Historic Social Justice Movements”

3 p.m., Oct. 16
Diaz Compean Student Union, meeting room 2B

Professor Scott Lipton will convene a panel including SJSU faculty and staff, alumni and community members.

For more information: The Associated Students Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center

 

Concert: “Rooted Social Justice Music and Art Festival”

4-7 p.m., Oct. 17
Tower Lawn

Headliner Ruby Ibarra is a Filipina-American rap and spoken word artist known for focusing on her heritage and experiences as an immigrant.

For more information: The Associated Students Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center

 

Legacy Month Keynote Address: Shaun King

5-7 p.m., Oct. 24
Diaz Compean Student Union Ballroom

American writer and civil rights activist Shaun King is known for his use of social media to promote social causes.

For more information: The Associated Students Cesar E. Chavez Community Action Center

 


 

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