Mexico Olympic Stadium
Mexico Olympic Stadium, 1968
Tommie Smith and John Carlos protest with their black-gloved salute at Olympics.
During the 200-meter medal ceremonies, Smith and Carlos took to the podium barefoot to symbolize black poverty and raised their gloved fists in what Carlos says was a protest against inequality and injustice around the world regardless of race. It was a brave and highly controversial stand -- IOC president Avery Brundage kicked them out of the Olympic Village -- and certainly more meaningful than the Dream Team using the U.S. flag to cover up the logo of a non-Nike sponsor.