San Pablo: Announcement says Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith will appear Saturday

Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos

Slightly less than 50 years (1964) after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the campus, Contra Costa College (2640 Mission Bell Drive in San Pablo) will apparently be welcoming another figure in black history.
Our reporter received this announcement today:

This just in. 1968 Olympic Gold Medal Champion Dr. Tommie Smith is flying out from his home in Atlanta Georgia to host a Track and Field Clinic Saturday (3-9-13) at Contra Costa College’s Gym Annex building from 8:00 to 12:00 noon. Please come out and join us is saluting and embracing this iconic historical figure.

Smith was one of the greatest athletes of his era, winning a gold medal in track at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. He is best remembered, however, for giving the “Black Power” salute while standing on the center podium with bronze medalist John Carlos giving the salute alongside.

Smith, a track star who won the gold medal in the 220m, has been a lifelong advocate for athletics, education and human rights and his appearance could be inspirational to a new generation.

Chris Treadway