Goddard Honors Olympic Athlete

Sep 30, 2013

Goddard College is going honor an Olympic gold medalist known for giving a black power salute while accepting his medal during the 1968 games in Mexico City.

Tommie Smith will be presented with the 2013 Presidential Award for Activism at Goddard's Oct. 6 commencement in Plainfield.

Some say Smith's salute with an upraised arm on the Olympic podium remains one of the most memorable moments of the American civil rights movement.

Smith received a master's degree in sociology from 1974 from Goddard. He has since worked as a coach, educator and activist.