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They changed history
Activity 5

They changed history

Text A
“Six Athlete Protests That Changed History”
Tommie Smith and John Carlos finished first and third respectively in the 200 meter dash at the 1968 Olympics. As they received their medals, both sprinters wore black socks with no shoes, symbolizing black poverty. Smith wore a black scarf to symbolize black pride. [...] During the national anthem, Smith and Carlos lowered their heads and gave a black power salute. Smith and Carlos were booed by the crowd and were ostracized by many athletes in America due to their actions. However, history remembers them as bold heroes who took a stand against injustice. [...]

“Six Athlete Protests That Changed History”, Dave Stevenson, 2016.
Text B
“Six Athlete Protests That Changed History”
Muhammad Ali changed history and inspired countless people when he refused to serve in the Vietnam War. [...] He nearly lost his entire career. Considered the greatest boxer ever, Ali was also one of the most high-profile African American activists of the 20th century. [...] Ali repeatedly spoke out against the mistreatment of African-Americans, serving as a positive role model for blacks at a time when the community needed one. He served as a hero and ambassador for not just African-Americans, but Muslims as well. [...]

“Six Athlete Protests That Changed History”, Dave Stevenson, 2016.
Text C
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus, William Ernest Henley, 1875.
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Workbook p. 65

What does it deal with? Be ready to present it.
What are the athletes fighting for? Why? What representation of the athlete(s) is made?

Useful vocabulary: This is a document from…
It deals with… It presents the action of…
It gives quite an impressive vision of...

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Share your findings with your classmates and learn about the other texts.

What values are depicted? What are the persons fighting for?

In the poem, the message is “don’t give up”. Show how the athletes in the two other texts had no intention to capitulate.

Useful vocabulary: The athletes embody the values of courage, … They are fighting for…
They were unafraid because…
The poet wanted to underline…

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