Peter Norman’s role in Tommie Smith, John Carlos image at Mexico Olympics recognised


The Australian man involved in one of the world's most powerful photographs will be honored for his role in the bold movement for five decades.

Peter Norman was on stage with American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City when the couple raised their first in a Black Power salute that became a decisive symbol of the civil rights movement.

Norman, who had split the couple by placing another in 200 meters running, had an Olympic project for human rights signs and said, "I want to stand with you" when the athletes told him about their plan.

Now, he is set to be recognized by the Australian Olympic Committee for his role in the protest, Fairfax media reports.

Norman will be posthumously given the highest honor of the AOC, the Order of Merit for the "extraordinary" courage that he proved to take a stand today.

The accolades from decades of drama to Norman after participating in the image, saw him sold out of the sport and criticized with American athletes.

At that time, Carlos and Smith were expelled from the Olympic Village and threatened with death and violence in the United States. Later they came to be considered heroes, but Mr Norman's role remained the sidelines where his place was empty when San Jose State University raised a statue.

Smith and Carlos have recognized Mr Norman's role at the moment and helped carry the coffin at his funeral in 2006.

"We knew what to do was far beyond any athletic feat," Carlos said Currently on the slides. "He said," I'm with you. "

" I saw love. Peter never flinched. He never turned his eyes, he never turned his head. "

In 2012, Labor MP Andrew Leigh caused an apology for Norman and his family.

Carlos said, "There is no one in Australia to be recognized, recognized, appreciated more than Peter Norman for his humanitarian concerns, his character, his strength and his will to be a victim of justice."

His profile was further accelerated in 2015 when an article called "the white man in the picture" was shared more than 30,000 times on the web by a art magazine


Author Riccardo Gazzaniga said he thought Norman was a "simple Englishman" but I mistaken. "

AOC denies Mr Norman became officially stunned after attending but he was overlooked for the Olympics in 1972, although he easily qualified.

Now AOC President John Coates suggested that the group was "negligent" by not recognizing him earlier and recommending honor to the 50th anniversary of the Mexico games.



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