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Iconic athlete to visit SDSU

SAN DIEGO _ Former Olympian Tommy Smith will discuss the crossroads between sports and an athlete’s accountability during the kickoff event for Black History Month at San Diego State University.

He will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Athletic Center Auditorium.

Smith will also give his account of what led to the iconic image of him and John Carlos raising a gloved fist during the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. The “black power” salute generated much political controversy at the time.

Smith has taught sociology at Oberlin College in Ohio and is a former faculty member at Santa Monica College in California.

This free event is open to students, faculty and staff. Early arrival is recommended as seating is limited.