PITTSBURG -- Olympic bronze medalist John Carlos, who along with gold medalist Tommie Smith, raised his fist in a controversial Black Power salute meant to evoke political protest at an awards ceremony during the 1968 Summer Olympics, will be the keynote speaker at a Martin Luther King Jr. event in Pittsburg.
The keynote speech by Carlos will take place during the Jan. 21 free noontime event at the Creative Arts Building at Pittsburg High School. Prior to the event, a rally will be held at Pittsburg Civic Center at 11 a.m., followed by a 11:30 a.m. march to the Creative Arts Building.
The event will also include appearances by winners of a spoken word event for high school students, Pittsburg Community Gospel Group and Pittsburg High's Black Student Union Steppers, a percussion-based dance troupe, among others.
At the event, the Pittsburg branch of the Contra Costa County library plans to make available 30 copies for checkout of "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World." The book was co-authored by Carlos and released in November. Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.