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Tommie Lee & John Carlos Olympic Tee


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The Vietnam War was raging. American cities had erupted in riots after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy  was gunned down two months later. That summer, the country had witnessed the televised beating of demonstrators by Chicago police outside the Democratic National Convention.

In creating the Olympic Project for Human Rights—which organized to protest against racial segregation and injustice—Dr. Harry Edwards inspired athletes to use their position in sports as a platform.

October 16, 1968.

Tommie Smith had just won gold and John Carlos had taken bronze in a blazing 200-meter dash. Australian sprinter Peter Norman, who had won silver, stood to their right. When “The Star-Spangled Banner” began to play, Smith lowered his head and raised his right fist. Carlos raised his left. 

Life magazine photographer John Dominis raised his lens.


For a few seconds “the stadium became eerily quiet,” Carlos wrote. “There’s something awful about hearing fifty thousand people go silent.”

Dominis’s photograph would freeze that moment of silent protest. 

This tee re-opens the conversation.



  • Gildan heavy cotton
  • 5.3 oz, 100% cotton preshrunk jersey knit
  • Seamless double-needle 7/8” collar
  • Taped neck and shoulders
  • Double-needle sleeves and bottom hem
  • Quarter-turned to eliminate center crease

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