Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith talks about new art piece in Birmingham


SMITH IS SPEAKING IN BIRMINGHAM TONIGHT ON HIS NOTORIETY FOR PROTESTING RACIAL INJUSTICE. GUY: WVTM 13’S KIERRA POWELL ON HOW HIS FAMOUSLY RAISED FIST IS BECOMING ARE IN BIRMINGHAM. KIERRA: WITH A SINGLE FIST, TOMMY SMITH AND GIANCARLO HELPED CATCH AND MOVEMENT.>>IT REPRESENTED A CRY FOR FREEDOM. KIERRA: REPRESENTING BLACK POWER, IT ULTIMATELY GOT SMITH SUSPENDED FROM THE TRACK AND FIELD TEAM BUT SOLIDIFIED HIS PLACE IN HISTORY. IT INSPIRED AN ARTIST TO CAPTURE THE MOMENT.>>IT IS AN ICONIC MOMENT OF SOLIDARITY THAT IS USED TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER. KIERRA: CREATING 200 GLASS SCULPTURES, AND HE BELIEVES THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF IMAGES AND OUR CULTURE AND HOPEFULLY INSPIRES OTHERS TO EMBRACE THEIR OWN POWER TO IMPACT CHANGE.>>KEEP FOLLOWING THE PATH. THAT IS WHAT IT MEANT TO ME. THE CONTINUATION AND MOVING FORWARD.

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