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    A Conversation with Wyomia Tyus: Olympic Gold Medalist in 1964 and 1968
    (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-09-16) Tyus, Wyomia ; Thomas, Damion ; Royster, Jacqueline Jones ; McDonald, Mary G. ; Curry, Bill
    In marking the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, media coverage has focused on John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s courageous stance in raising black fists to protest racial injustice on the 200-meter victory stand. This event will highlight Wyomia Tyus’ role in this protest as she dedicated her Olympic medals to Carlos and Smith’s efforts. As a Georgia native who grew up in the Jim Crow South, Ms. Tyus is uniquely positioned to discuss the continuing need for gender and racial justice as well as to reflect upon the importance of sport’s role in helping to promote social change.