OPHR Button

Historic button worn by athletes in the 1968 Olympic games, in Mexico City. All 3 athletes standing on the podium, in the famous victory stand, were wearing this button. The Olympic Project for Human Rights proposed a boycott by African Americans of the Olympics if its list of civil rights demands was not met. It eventually called the boycott off, asking its members to protest in their own way. Smith did just that, and used this moment, in front of the world to speak out against racial oppression. That moment became one of the central symbols of the Mexico City Olympics, and one of the best representations of just how complex 1968 was. Limited number available.