John Carlos and Tommie Smith, the athletes whose powerfully ubiquitous image of their fists raised in protest at the 1968 Olympics, will join the U.S. Olympics team next Thursday to meet President Obama at the White House. The group will also attend an awards ceremony on Wednesday evening. Carlos and Smith were tapped by Olympic committee CEO Scott Blackmun as diversity ambassadors for the Olympic federation. Many have called on the iconic fist-raising photo as athletes across several sports and skill levels continue to join Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest. Read more.
POTUS Differs With Trump About Black Life
After his riveting speech at the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s opening on Saturday, President Obama said he inherently disagreed with Donald Trump’s notion that life today is worse for Black people than any other era. “I think even most 8-year-olds would tell you that whole slavery thing wasn’t very good for black people. Jim Crow wasn’t good for black people,” Obama said during a live interview. “What we have to do is use our history to propel us to make even more progress in the future.” The president also addressed the Keith Lamont Scott shooting, condemning the looting and violence at subsequent protests. “Looting, burning buildings, breaking glass, those things are not going to advance the cause,” he said. Read more.
FLOTUS & Ex-President George W. Bush’s Friendly Embrace Goes Viral
From holding hands in song, to marching together, numerous photos have captured First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush’s admiration for one another. On Saturday, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s opening, Bush and Obama shared a genuine embrace while their spouses looked on, singing with the crowd. Bush is credited with signing funding for the museum into law, while President Barack Obama’s tenure as president saw the museum’s completion. Read more.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Historic Opening
On Saturday, thousands swarmed to the nation’s capitol, much like they did for President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, to celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian museum dedicated exclusively to African-American history and culture. President Obama, the nation’s first Black president, opened the ceremonies with a vigorous speech, opening with Langston Hughes’ poem, “I Too.” “African American history is not somehow separate than the American story. It is not the underside of the American story. It is central to the American story,” he said. The museum sits on 400,000 square-feet and houses over 36,000 artifacts. Read more.
Charlotte Police Release Dash Cam Footage In Keith Lamont Scott Shooting
After refusing to release the footage for several days, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney publicly released the video on Saturday afternoon. The footage fails to show is Keith Lamont Scott wielding a weapon even after numerous police reports allege the gun’s existence. In the dash cam footage, Scott is shown exiting the vehicle, while officers yell, “Drop the gun!” Scott slowly opens the driver side, turns, and walks backwards with his hands by his side. Four shots ring out as Scott slumps to the ground. Police allege they saw Scott rolling marijuana in his vehicle, and after approaching saw a gun. Read more.