History Day

Events

Jesse Owens wins the 100m, 200m, 4x100m, and long jump at the Berlin Olympics

1936

Tommie Smith is born in Clarksville, Texas

1944

John Carlos is born in Harlem, New York

1945

Jackie Robinson breaks baseball’s color barrier

1947

Martin Luther King, Jr. protests in Birmingham, Alabama

1963

Civil Rights Act is passed, ending segregation in most public accommodations

1964

Voting Rights Act is passed, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race

1965

Muhammad Ali refuses to enlist in the Vietnam War

1967

John Carlos, Tommie Smith, and Harry Edwards co-found the Olympic Project for Human Rights

1967

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy are assassinated

1968

Black Power salute takes place at the Mexico City Olympics

October 1968

Tommie Smith is inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame

1978

John Carlos is inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame

2003

San José State University honors former students, Smith and Carlos, with a twenty-two foot high statue of their protest

2005

Carlos and Smith receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award

2008

Athletes like Colin Kaepernick and Megan Rapinoe continue to protest racial and LGBTQ inequality

2016