Thursday, May 20, 2021

New York TImes: "Lee Evans, Olympic Runner Who Protested Racism, Dies at 74"

"Lee Evans, the Black American runner who won two gold medals at the racially charged 1968 Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City and at a presentation ceremony wore a Black Panther-style beret and raised his fist to protest racism in the United States, died on Wednesday. He was 74.

His death was announced by USA Track and Field, which did not say where he died or cite the cause."
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Lee Evans raised his fist after receiving the gold medal in the 400 meters at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. With him were his teammates Larry James (left), who won the silver, and Ronald Freeman, who won the bronze.Credit...Associated Press
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