Name: John Carlos
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 200-meter
DOB: 6/5/1945
High School: Machine Trade and Medical High Schoolc
College: Machine Trade and Medical High School
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1968); Olympic medalist (1 bronze)
  • Mexico City 1968, bronze (200-meter)
Personal: Born in Harlem, New York…Went to Machine Trade and Medical High School…Received full scholarship to East Texas State University…ran track and field for ETSU, becoming school’s first Lone Star Conference Championship…Transferred to San Jose State University after one year at ETSU…Led SJSU to the NCAA Championships for the first time tying the 100-yard dash record with a time of 9.1 seconds…co-founded Olympic Project for Human Rights…Raised black-gloved fist at the Olympic Games Mexico City 1968 after winning the bronze medal in the 200-meter to symbolize African-American poverty in the United States…Selected in the 15th round for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles before suffering a knee injury…Elected to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2003…Awarded honorary doctorate degrees from California State University (2008), Texas A&M University-Commerce and San Jose State University (2012)…Accepted the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the 2008 ESPY Awards and was recognized at the White House by President Barack Obama in 2016.