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Iconic athlete Tommie Smith visits ‘Olympic Games through a lens’ exhibition at Foyles bookshop

Posted at 5:30 pm, August 10, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

Tommie Smith at Olympic exhibition © Rob Greig / Time OutTommie Smith (above), one of the most iconic figures of the civil rights movement, visited Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road on Monday for the closing of the ‘Olympic Games through a lens’ exhibition. The photo of the American athlete, whose black power salute after winning a gold medal at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games became one of the most recognisable images of the 20th century, is displayed alongside other famous photographs of Olympic sportsmen and women including Jesse Owens and Usain Bolt. Tommie spoke to Time Out about his act of protest saying: ‘The sad part about it was that it had to be done, I would have been very happy if it had’nt needed to be done. But it had to be done because of the human rights issue around the world.’

See a selection of the photos in our Iconic Images from the Olympic Games gallery or buy the ‘Olympic Games through a lens’ book now.

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