Olympian, activist John Carlos to speak at URI on cultural, symbolic protests Feb. 13

Media Contact: Dawn Bergantino, 401-874-4147 |

WHAT: Olympic athlete, scholar, activist and author, John Carlos, will be the keynote speaker during the University of Rhode Island’s celebration of Black History Month. Carlos’ lecture “Cultural and Symbolic Protests in the Context of International Human Rights,” is presented by the Department of Africana Studies in collaboration with URI’s Race, Violence and Democracy Colloquium.

WHO: Olympic bronze medal winner John Carlos, who may be best known for his Black Power salute atop the Olympic podium with USA track athlete Tommie Smith during the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. In the 50 years since Carlos medaled in the track and field 200-meter event, he has become a nationally recognized scholar and activist. He is the author, with sportswriter Dave Zirin, of, “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment that Changed the World,” an autobiography that recalls the events around the ’68 Olympic Games and ensuing political controversy.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 13 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: The Center for Biological Life Sciences Building, 120 Flagg Road, Thomas M. Ryan Family Auditorium, on the Kingston campus.

To make coverage arrangements, contact Dawn Bergantino, URI Marketing and Communications, at 401.874.4147 or dawn_bergantino@uri.edu.