George Foreman on Black Power Salutes (Updated a year ago)
KTVU News report from November 1968 featuring a press conference with new Olympic Gold medalist heavyweight boxer George Foreman, who reflects on the Black Power salutes made by athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the Olympic podium. Foreman himself held up an American flag in the boxing ring, after beating Jonas Čepulis for his gold medal, which drew criticism from some elements of the Black community. Foreman says he respects the actions of his fellow athletes, stating a belief that: "In the United States you got the right to follow who you are and be what you want. You may not realize it but it exists." Also includes brief scenes of Foreman being driven past crowds and entering a gymnasium for a welcome reception.
Added to San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive on February 14, 2013.
- Originally aired on: KTVU
- Date aired: November 1968
- Recording medium: 16mm color co-magnetic sound film
- Rights for this video belong to: Cox Enterprises Inc/KTVU
- Duration: 2:17
- Type of material: archival newsfilm
- KTVU 100-3.mp4 (19.39 MB – MPEG4 video)
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