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October 3, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Catalyst on Campus: 50 Years of Protest in Sports with ’68 Olympic Medalist John Carlos and Chicago Bears Linebacker Sam Acho

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50 Years of Protest in Sports

At the start of the 2016 NFL season, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. For some, his actions sparked outrage. They believed Kaepernick dishonored veterans and those who gave their lives in defending the American flag. To others, his protest brought much-needed attention to a salient and deeply painful issue to black communities: incidents of police brutality taking place with unsettling regularity across the nation. It was not a coincidence that many NFL players who kneeled often raised their fists in defiance. Their raised fists echoed the iconic moment during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City when Tommie Smith and John Carlos took the winners’ podium and raised their fists in the air—a gesture known as the black power salute. Their salute was met with an outrage similar to that experienced by Kaepernick. Why has the intersection of sports and protest been so contentious for the last 50 years? What motivates athletes to be involved in such controversy?

For our Catalyst on Campus event on October 3rd at 12:30-2:30 pm in Anderson Chapel, we will welcome Dr. John Carlos to North Park. Dr. Carlos will address the circumstances that motivated his act of protest and the difficult events that followed. We will also be joined by Chicago Bears linebacker and NFL Players Association representative, Sam Acho. Mr. Acho will address the modern-day implications of Dr. Carlos’ actions with reference to the current NFL kneel down protests that are taking place. Open to the general public and all students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free.

This Catalyst on Campus event is sponsored by the North Park University Campus Theme, Student Activities Office, and University Ministries.


Dr. John Carlos, 1968 Olympic Medalist: http://www.johncarlos68.com/author/

Sam Acho, Chicago Bears’ Linebacker and Representative, NFL Players Association: http://samacho.com/about/


October 3, 2018

Anderson Chapel, 12:30-2:30pm

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/551190225311782/


About Catalyst on Campus Events

Our city-centered distinctive is a core part of who we are at North Park. This means “we engage Chicago as a dynamic place of learning and service.” Catalyst on Campus consists of activities held at North Park on Wednesday afternoons 12:30pm-2:30pm to invite the city of Chicago to the campus for those faculty, staff, and students who are not out in the city at that time.

For more information contact:

Rich Kohng, Director of Civic Engagement


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