Cultural critic Dave Zirin has just published "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World" See interview w Zirin by J.H. Tompkins. Made me think about other sports figures who rose to the occasion amid turbulent times ie Billie Jean King (women's rights, equal pay) Arthur Ashe (apartheid). And Sandy Koufax who gained Jewish "sainthood" by declining to pitch in the 1965 World Series game 1 because it was on Yom Kippur. And then there's the shame of Tiger Woods (BEFORE his car accident and domestic troubles), refusing to apply a morsel of his fame toward social progress. What a waste.
Robin Herman is a writer, artist and e-media explorer at Robin Herman Creative.http://www.robinhermancreative.com/ Earlier in her career she was a reporter for The New York Times and then the Washington Post. She went on to spend 13 years as assistant dean for communications at Harvard School of Public Health where she co-founded and was Director of The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health. She is the author of a history of science book, Fusion: The Search for Endless Energy (Cambridge University Press, 1990). She was a member of the first class of women at Princeton University. In 1973 she was hired as the New York Times' first female sports reporter. On Jan 21, 1975 she "broke the locker room barrier" as the first female reporter to enter a male professional league locker room (NHL All-Star Game) for post-game quotes. Her 5 years as a sportswriter coincided with tumultuous national events and progress in women's rights and opportunities.