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Tommie SmithFormer track and field star athlete and Olympian Tommie Smith was the last featured speaker at the 2017 Sonoma State Sport and Social Justice Lecture Series in the Sonoma State University Student Center. The event happened on April 11, and the athlete had an opportunity to share his life story and experiences with the audience which predominantly was made up of students. Smith also took the time to discuss some of his political thoughts on matters of discrimination against African=Americans back during his Olympic days and how those factors impacted his life even as a winner. Professor Lauren Morimoto, a kinesiology teacher, and director of diversity and excellence at Sonoma State commented that it was great to have Smith at the event as he is a very thoughtful and committed political educator.

The Clarksville, Texas native suffered from pneumonia as a child but overcame it and became extremely athletic during his youth. His family relocated to California where he attended Lemoore High School and was even voted as the “Most Valuable Athlete” in football, basketball and track and field. In June of 1966, Smith set a new record for 200 meters and 200 yards when he became the first man to accomplish this in 20 seconds. He ended up being able to represent the United States in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics where he won the gold medal in the 200-meter race. He also went on to go to school at San Jose State University where he won the NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

Smith was recently in California at the Sonoma State University campus where he was the final keynote for the 2017 Sonoma State Sport and Social Justice Lecture Series on April 11. Not only was his story motivating and intriguing, but the audience was able to connect with him on a more personable level.

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Watch Tommie Smith speaking about his Olympic Years:

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