Two books chart the rise and fall of the people of the politicized black athlete
The Autobiography of Tommie Smith (Sporting)
by Tommie Smith and David Steele
Temple University Press
$27.50 List Price
Perhaps it would have been more of a surprise, in retrospect, had Tommie Smith not done what he did at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games, considering the times. In April, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, an event that triggered rioting and rebellion in major cities across the United States and for many, black and white, signaled the end of the best hope of the civil rights movement. In June, Senator Robert Kennedy,
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