on June 6, 1944 in Clarksville, Texas, as an infant
Tommie Smith barely survived a serious bout with pneumonia.
But survive he did, to become a distinguished chapter
of African American history. His college career at
San Josť State University was highlighted with many
achievements. He started breaking world records in
track as a sophomore and did not stop until he tied
or broken thirteen.
With talent and encouragement to excel, Tommie Smith was propelled
into human rights spokesmanship long before it became a popular cause.
With his concern for the plight of African-Americans and others at
home and abroad, Tommie made a commitment to dedicate his life to champion
the cause of African-Americans.
Having become a member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in
1978, and serving on the coaching staff of the 1995 World Indoor Championship
team Barcelona, Spain he continues to expand his horizons of accomplishments.
The silent gesture made by Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the victory
stand in Mexico City at the Summer Olympic games was heard around the
world and was featured in a documentary by HBO TV titled "The Fist
Tommie is currently a faculty member at Santa Monica College and the
Head Men's Cross-Country and Track & Field Coach. He also holds a degree
in Sociology and Physical Educaton.