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Rafer Johnson, Olympic gold medalist who nabbed RFK killer, dead at 86

December 17, 2020

Rafer Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin in 1968, died Wednesday, Decmeber 2, 2020. He was 86. He died at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, according to family friend Michael Roth. No cause of death was announced. Johnson was… [Read More]

50 years after Black Power Fist, John Carlos and Tommie Smith to be inducted into Olympic Hall of Fame

October 10, 2019

Originally, John Carlos and Tommie Smith planned to call for a boycott of the Olympics over the lack of Black coaches at the 1968 Olympics. But with a massacre in Mexico City happening 10 days before the opening of the games, the black-gloved fist was a “cry for freedom and for human rights,” as Smith… [Read More]