1968 Black Power Strike
During the 1968 Olympics, the Black Power Salute became one of the most controversial acts regarding the Olympics in modern history. Two U.S. runners, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, won the gold and bronze medals in the 200M race. During the national anthem, they both bowed their heads and raised one arm with a fist, known as the "Black Power Salute." This act led to outcry and anger from many, but solidarity from others who believed in their protest. This act was one of the most blatant political moves in Olympic history.