(Video) 1968 Olympics:
SJSU Black Power Salute - Shockwaves Worldwide
Two SJSU track medalists, John Carlos and Tommie Smith send a signal to raise attention
 about living conditions of African Americans in the United States. Players were threatened when they
returned to San Jose. Their peaceful action triggered protests, and eventually change.



Photo taken Oct. 16,1968

Time Magazine, 2014 article
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Video: Detailed Coverage of
1968 Olympic Protest

SJSU 1960-1979

California Online Archive

'When Olympic sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos
stood atop the medal podium at the 1968 Summer Games
in Mexico City, bowed their heads and raised black-gloved fists
during the playing of the national anthem,
millions of their fellow Americans were outraged.

But countless millions more around the globe thrilled
to the sight of
two men standing before the world,
unafraid, expressing disillusionment with a nation
that so
often fell, and still falls, so short of its promise."

The two San Jose State students were suspended from the
U.S. team, received death threats,  and their action
on the world stage triggered huge campus protests
here in San Jose. But neither man ever apologized.

"We were just human beings who saw a need to bring
attention to the inequality in our country," Smith said.



Students at San Jose State College in the 1960s responded to national and local issues
that included civil rights, equal access to housing, student clubs and organizations, athletics,
demands for relevant curriculum, and protests against the escalation of the Vietnam War. 

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SJSU Institute for the Study of Sport,
Society and Social Change



2013  SJSU Dorm Hate Crime and Campus Protest
Students march after a racist incident prompts an investigation.

Bay Area & National Television Coverage

SJSU students charged for hate crime incident

CNN: National news reporting on campus.




Valentines Day School Shooting:  17 Killed in a Parkland, Florida High School



Parkland, Florida high school students organize
a national rally for March 24, 2018 in Washington D.C.
to get state and federal lawmakers to take action
on gun safety measures to protect
students in all American schools.

In the tradition of SJSU's Legacy
          Daring to Speak Up For Social Change


Taking a stand on social issues is what we do at San Jose State University.

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