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The National and International Roundtable

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Olympian John Carlos

John Carlos is an African American former track and field athlete and professional football player, and a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights. He won the bronze-medal in the 200 meters race at the 1968 Summer Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy. He went on to equal the world record in the 100 yard dash and beat the 200 meters world record. After his track career, he enjoyed brief stints in the National Football League and Canadian Football League but retired due to injury. He became involved with the United States Olympic Committee and helped to organize the 1984 Summer Olympics. He later became a track coach at a high school in Palm Springs, where he now resides. He was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2003 and the African American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame (now Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame) in 2004.

Olympian Ed Carruthers

Ed Caruthers (Edward J. Caruthers, Jr.; is a former American athlete who competed mainly in the men's high jump event during his career. He competed for the United States at the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City, Mexico, where he won the silver medal in the men's high jump event behind Dick Fosbury whose new jumping style went on to revolutionize the sport. He also was a member of the 1964 US Olympic Team with an 8th place finish in the high jump.