An empty field at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario in Mexico City
Estadio Olímpico Universitario (Photo by Kathy Kudravi/GlobalSport Matters)
Longform Mexico Archive Culture The 1968 Olympics in Mexico City

Remembering 1968 from Mexico City to Phoenix

[fullsize_image source="" caption="Journalist Juan Villoro, Chris Kluwe, John Carlos, and Wyomia Tyus on stage at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in September 2018"]

In late September, GlobalSport Matters, along with National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), commemorated the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Joined by standout figures from those games such as John Carlos and Wyomia Tyus, along with former NFL player Chris Kluwe, the athletes discussed their experiences and related them to society today.

On Oct. 23 in conjunction with Arizona State University's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Az., Carlos and Tyus were joined by Olympic rower Paul Hoffman, Olympic logo designer Lance Wyman, Jesse Owen's granddaughter Gina Hemphill-Strachan, and activist Harry Edwards to talk about what led to the Olympic protests and how 50 years later, we are still fighting that battle.

(Photos taken by Ross Andrews, Tyler Dare, and Kathy Kudravi of GlobalSport Matters and the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University)

[2up_image source1="" caption1="Wyomia Tyus speaks with Mexican journalists on race in sports in Mexico City" source2="" caption2="Wyomia Tyus and John Carlos in Estadio Olimpico in Mexico City. It was the first time Tyus was back on the historic track since her 1968 victory."] [2up_image source1="" caption1="Kenneth Shropshire, Chris Kluwe, John Carlos and Wyomia Tyus speak with TV-UNAM reporter Mireya Imaz at Estadia Olimpico in Mexico City." source2="" caption2="John Carlos and Kenneth Shropshire speak at National Autonomous University of Mexico"] [large_image source="" caption="John Carlos, Gina Hemphill-Strachan, Wyomia Tyus, and Harry Edwards on stage at 'Raising a Fist to Taking a Knee' in Phoenix"] [2up_image source1="" caption1="Wyomia Tyus and Gina Hemphill-Strachan in Phoenix" source2="" caption2="Lance Wyman, designer of the 1968 Olympic logo, in Phoenix"] [2up_image source1="" caption1="Paul Hoffman, coxswain of the Harvard eight rowers, discusses the team's decision to support the Olympic Project for Human Rights in Phoenix" source2="" caption2="Harry Edwards and Paul Hoffman talk to moderator Scott Brooks"] [medium_image source="" caption="The Global Sport Institute team with John Carlos, Harry Edwards, Paul Hoffman, Lance Wyman, Gina Hemphill-Strachan and Wyomia Tyus in Phoenix."]