A Conversation with Dr. John Carlos
Olympian, author and educator, Dr. John Carlos will virtually “visit” the Foundation Academies school community in Trenton this week to share his wisdom and experience, as well as answer questions submitted by Foundation Academy scholars and teachers.
“I’m a man that has a vision as to how this world can be, and I’ve gathered myself through all the ordeals that I had to make me a well-rounded person and still fight for justice.” — Dr. John Carlos
Two years ago, in September of 2019, Dr. John Carlos held a similar discussion with members of Trinity Church in Trenton. This year, on June 2, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., Dr. Carlos will be introduced virtually by his daughter, an esteemed leader in her own right, Foundation Academy Board Vice President, Ms. Kimme Carlos, for the The Friends of Foundation Academies virtual event.
Dr. John Carlos is a medaled USA Track and Field Hall of Fame athlete and Olympian. Competing in the 200 meters, Carlos earned the Gold in the 1967 Pan American Games, and the Bronze in the 1968 Olympics. A record-setter, he led San Jose State to its first NCAA championship in 1969 with victories in the 100 and 220. He also set indoor world bests in the 60-yard dash and 220-yard dash at the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Dr. Carlos made world history during the 1968 Olympics when he took to the international stage during the medal ceremony and made a speechless statement, heard and seen worldwide. He was inducted into the USA Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2003. As a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights, he continues his life-long mission to improve human rights conditions and is actively involved with global and community movements.
He is the author, with sportswriter Dave Zirin, of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World, published in 2011 by Haymarket Books. Nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work Autobiography/ Biography, the book discusses Dr. Carlos’ life and accomplishments before and after Dr. Carlos won the bronze medal in the 200 meters race at the 1968 Olympics, where his Black Power salute on the podium with Tommie Smith caused much political controversy.
When considering how much he accomplished in his public life, his real legacy is the incredible love and dedication he has for his family. As a doting husband and father, he believes wholeheartedly in building a strong family unit and creating family value.
While the event is free to all members of The Foundation Academies school community, there is a suggested donation of $20. One hundred percent of donations received will replenish libraries and educational tools for virtual and in-person classrooms.
Seats are limited for members of the broader community. The Foundation Academies recommend you RSVP as soon as possible. The Friends of Foundation Academies wishes to express deep gratitude for Dr. Carlos’ participation and life of service, advocacy and inspiration.
To Learn more or register for this event, click HERE.
To learn more about the legendary Dr. John Carlos, follow his social media:
- Instagram: @johncarlos1968
- FaceBook: @johncarlos1968
- Twitter: @johncarlos1968
- Website: https://www.johncarlos1968.com/
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