The third man: The forgotten Black Power hero
In 1986 Australian sprinter Peter Norman was the third man on the podium during the infamous Black Power salute.
April 27th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

The third man: The forgotten Black Power hero

By James Montague, CNN

(CNN) - It is perhaps the most iconic sports photograph ever taken.

Captured at the medal ceremony for the men's 200 meters at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, U.S. sprinter Tommie Smith stands defiantly, head bowed, his black-gloved fist thrust into the thin air.

Behind him fellow American John Carlos joins with his own Black Power salute, an act of defiance aimed at highlighting the segregation and racism burning back in their homeland.

It was an act that scandalized the Olympics. Smith and Carlos were sent home in disgrace and banned from the Olympics for life. But they were treated as returning heroes by the black community for sacrificing their personal glory for the cause. History, too, has been kind to them.

Yet few know that the man standing in front of both of them, the Australian sprinter Peter Norman who shocked everyone by powering past Carlos and winning the silver medal, played his own, crucial role in sporting history.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Joelleu Sillettoz

    Genuinely picture is the display of some oneis feelings; it gives the lesson to the people.

    August 1, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. raceisamyth

    How about when a black American went to the German olympics and proved there is NO master race. In fact he proved our differences are cultural, not racial.

    April 30, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    @raceisamyth Iam sitting in my churchs parking lot writing this.It may have been god instructing me what to say to you as Iam a lay minister of gods and he has used me before to get his words out.Enjoy this the sabbith

    April 29, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    @raceisamyth Iam impressed with your writings And if you are around people as you are here you are a good and loving friend.Iam pleased to have met you

    April 28, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      Im only sharing what I feel God is telling me. God gets the glory. And I am pleased to meet you as well Gung Ho

      April 28, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raceisamyth

    And the saddest part of all is no one is learning about the American Indians.

    April 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. raceisamyth

    Black Americans have contributed so much in the building of our country and White Americans arent being taught about them. George Washington Carver, for example. And Black Americans arent being taught about the Black Confederates.

    April 28, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raceisamyth

    Watch "Mugabe and the White African".

    April 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raceisamyth

    And yes david the media doesnt like black women or white men. Most people see this, or they are waking up to it.

    April 28, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raceisamyth

    It sucks Martin was shot. It sucks Zimmerman felt he had to shoot someone. It sucks for both families. And it sucks people keep pointing fingers instead of loving each other.

    April 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      I guarantee you if Martins parents and Zimmermans parents would share a loving embrace, a heartfelt apology from George and a shared memorial service to honor all the good things Tre did in his life, forgivness will follow. I promise you that child had dreams and love in his heart. As does George.

      April 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raceisamyth

    Im part black..i do not stand defiantly. Im smart enough to follow my moms and dads lineage, not just my fathers.

    April 28, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. raceisamyth

    Sharpton doesnt really care like he claims. He get rich by stirring up issues that genetics proved false, like race and the one drop rule lie.

    April 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      Yes Dr. King would be ashamed. Sharpton is erasing what Dr. King worked so hard to achieve.

      April 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • raceisamyth

      But please dont generalize. A TON of black americans are smart enough not to buy into this. Trust me.

      April 28, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raceisamyth

    Black power is not heroic. its racist. Hyperpride in ones own race is racism. Hating someone else is bigotry. Im mixed. I see both sides clearly.

    April 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |