Tuesday, October 11, 2011

UPDATE: Fri, 10/14, Two Events, "Dr. John Carlos Speaks in Boston!"

The Sport in Society Center at Northeastern University
and Haymarket Books is Proud to Present:

4:00PM, Friday, October 14th
"Occupy Boston" camp at Dewey Square
South Station T-Stop on the Red Line

Boston, MA, 02110

AND

5:00PM, Friday, October 14th
Northeastern University
Curry Student Center, Rm 444
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Carlos will give a presentation and sign copies of his new autobiography

"John Carlos is an American hero. And finally he has written a memoir 
to tell us his story—and a powerful story it is. I couldn't put this book down."

—Michael Moore

Seen around the worldJohn Carlos and Tommie Smith’s Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Come hear the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist, John Carlos.
A short video trailer for the book can be found here.

A review of The John Carlos Story from The New York Times can be found here.


Praise for The John Carlos Story:
 
"Biblically, athletes with superior attributes were seen as gifts from God. Whether it was Samson staring down the Philistines or David slaying Goliath, they and latter-day heroes such as Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali, selflessly used their gifts and magnificently magnified platforms to transform society. It is in that tradition that JohnCarlos, and his teammate Tommie Smith, raised their fists in solidarity with the American civil rights struggle, as well as the struggles of those who exist on the downside of advantage. It was a statement for the ages. This act of righteous defiance lifted us all to a new level of dignity and shared responsibility to improve the conditions of the poor the world over...But the price of heroism is high. John Carlos paid and this is his story."
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

"The John Carlos story is the remarkable chronicle of an epic life sketched against the defining crisis of race in America. Carlos' athletic genius on the field is matched by his heroic will to overcome trials and tribulations in his personal life, and to find resurrection in his professional life. This is an inspiring and eloquent story about a great American whose commitment to truth, justice and democracy were tested and found true."
Michael Eric Dyson

"The John Carlos Story is a blow by blow detail of triumph vs tragedy from the jump. Again Dave Zirin uncovers, and yet illuminates the mere footnotes of this sports history hero with his impeccable balance of truth. This story drills a hole into the myth of black athlete success and worship."
Chuck D, Public Enemy

"An intelligent and insightful look into the journey of one of our most underrated heroes. Mr. Carlos' passion for justice and fairness has changed our world. You can feel his passion (and his anger) in every word."
Jemele Hill, ESPN columnist and television analyst
 
"History tells us iconic moments in sport are always enveloped in personal stories of sacrifice, courage, and angst. The lasting images that we see occur in a flash contain enriching back stories that are typically even more significant and tragic than the moment itself. John Carlos and Dave Zirin have combined to tell such a story. The moment that two men stood on the world platform to take a stand after they had become the best in the world is rich, complicated but most importantly as relevant today as it was in Mexico City. Dave brings a beautiful and passionate voice of truth to his listeners and achieves the same in this book about a man who became a legend. I am proud to call him my friend."
DeMaurice Smith, Director NFL Players Assiciation


About John Carlos:

John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete, professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze medal in the 200-meter race at the 1968 Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith was seen the world over.