Olympian, Civil Rights Activist Inspires Students
Dr. Tommie Smith Speaks About Politics and Life
October 5, 2006 5:40 PM
Gold medalist and social activist Dr. Tommie Smith spoke on Thursday to SF State students in Ethnic Studies 285, a class on race, sports and society.
The San Jose State University alumnus spoke to the class about politics and life.
Smith said people often mistake the raised, gloved fist - a symbol of black power - as a symbol of the Black Panthers.
“I did not want to be held up as ‘one of them,’” Smith said. “I am an individual. I’m a humanist.”
Students who attended the speech were moved and inspired by Smith’s words.
“I thought it was very inspirational,” said Kenric Bailey, 46, a senior industrial arts major. “I wish it was at a larger place so all SF State could hear what he had to say.”
Carter said the speech inspired her and she felt she needed to speak out more.
Daniel Williams, a 20-year-old business and administration major, said he appreciated the way Smith handles himself and the way he sees life.
“I left with a lot of information and learned a lot of new things,” Williams said.
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