On Friday's Barber Shop Show, we got to talk to one of the most famous Olympians of all time, Dr. John Carlos.
The bronze medalist in the 200 meters at the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City, he stirred up controversy by doing the "black power salute" on the medal platform in order to draw attention to the human rights problems that were dominating society.
Carlos shared his memories and his wisdom with us Friday. After his statement on the podium, International Olympic Committee President Avery Brundage called his salute "too political" for the games and called for him to be taken off the U.S. team and banned from the Olympic village.
To this day, he says the question he gets asked most frequently is if he still has his bronze medal.
Yes, Carlos said, he does.
"They couldn't take it away because they didn't give it to me," said Carlos, Friday. "I earned it."
In addition to talking to this great Olympic hero, we also got to chat about Chicago's failed bid for the 2016 Olympics and how the games affect the host city, particularly for poor and minority citizens.
Community organizer Wayne Truss from Austin joined us in the shop. He organized against the games coming to Chicago specifically because he didn't want citizens to end up paying for it.
He talked to us about the misinformation that was being spread around about who would end up footing the bill. Take a look at what he said in this video extra:
Did you miss last week's show? You can catch the podcast on Vocalo's website, available every Tuesday. And tune in this Friday to hear another episode of the city's most intelligent weekly conversation on race and poverty.
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