HNU students and faculty selected The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World authored by John Carlos and Dave Zirin, for the 2013 Common Reading. In addition to chronicling historic sports and social justice events of the 1960s, this story shares Carlos’ experience with dyslexia, coming of age as a young black man, and the American Civil Rights movement. Dr. Carlos connects his experience with national and global social justice movements and contemporary issues.
Dr. John Carlos, an author, decorated-athlete, and celebrated Civil Rights activist, will be visiting Holy Names University. Carlos was born in Harlem, New York, in 1945. After graduating from Machine Trade and Medal High School, he was awarded a full track and field scholarship to East Texas State University (ETSU). He attended ETSU for one year, single-handedly winning the school’s first and only track and field Lone Star Conference Championship. After ETSU, he matriculated to San José State University.
During his stay at San José State University, he participated in the 1968 Mexico Olympics and won the bronze medal in the 200 meters. During the victory ceremony, John and Tommy Smith raised a black gloved fist in protest against racism and economic depression for all opposed peoples. This “Silent Protest” was voted as the sixth most memorable event of the century.
Following the Mexico Olympics, Carlos continued his education and athletic feats at San José State University where he single handedly won the NCAA Track & Field National Championship in 1969. During his stay, he broke the world record in the hundred-yard dash. Concluding an illustrious career in track and field, Carlos was drafted by the NFL. After a short career in the NFL, he entered the public sector, working for PUMA, the Olympics, and the City of Los Angeles.
Thursday, November 14
6:00 p.m. – reception; 6:30 p.m. – presentation
Both events are free and open to the public
Holy Names University
3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA
Valley Center for the Performing Arts – Regents’ Theatre
Continuing his life-long mission to improve human rights conditions and to increase the chances of success for today’s youth, Dr. Carlos is actively involved with global and community movements. In April of 2008, he again took to the international stage. He was a bearer for the Human Rights Torch, which ran parallel to the 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay and focused attention on China’s human rights record. In July of the same year, Dr. Carlos accepted the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage for his salute at the 2008 Espy Awards.