The Salute to Human Rights

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This iconic moment took place back in the 1968 Olympics, but is still relevant to the world today. Picture from AP Photo

In a few years, it will be the 50th anniversary of this iconic moment in history. According to the article on The Nation, it was in response to the Olympic Project for Human Rights and the details of the project is as follows:

In 1968, the main demands of OPHR centered around the removal of open bigot “Slavery” Avery Brundage as head of the International Olympic Committee, ceasing participation of apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia, hiring more African-American coaches and restoring Muhammad Ali’s boxing title, stripped over his resistance to the United States’ war in Vietnam.

The article goes on to talk about how this project needs to be rebooted today and I totally agree. Some of the impacts in the piece include, no involuntary evictions, or awarding the games to countries that violate internationally recognized standards of human rights. Human rights are being violated more than ever in the world today and this would be a good way for athletes to take a stand. This project could impact the world in such a positive way.


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