Saturday, October 18, 2008

Say It Loud

Today I learned that Bob Beamon's 29'2" long jump (a World record that stood for 23 years) was the same day that U.S. sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith were suspended for giving their Black Power salute on the medal stand after finishing 1-2 in the 200 meter dash. Both events happened on October 18, 1968. Forty years ago today.

So I thought this would be a good time to break out this performance of the Godfather of Soul with his bad self in front of a 90% white audience on "Playboy After Dark".

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