Olympic gold medalist and civil rights activist Tommie Smith is working on a graphic novel based on his life.
Norton Young Readers announced Tuesday that “Victory. To stay! Raising My Fist for Justice” will be released on September 27. Smith is writing the book with Derrick Barnes, and illustrations will be provided by Dawud Anyabwile.
Smith, 77, won a gold medal after placing first in the 200 meter sprint at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. He is best remembered for what happened next, when he and bronze medalist John Carlos raised their gloved fists in protest against racial injustice at the medal ceremony as the US national anthem was played. play. Both athletes were suspended from the US team and forced to leave the Olympic Village.
“Young readers will find a story of bravery, activism and a cry for freedom from one of the most iconic figures in American sports,” Norton says of the upcoming book.