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World Record Breaking, Gold Medal Olympian & Civil Rights Icon Famous for Black Power Salute at the Olympics

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 Tommie Smith Biography

Tommie Smith began life quietly, born to Richard and Dora Smith on June 6, 1944 in Clarksville, Texas the seventh of 12 children. Tommie Smith survived a life-threatening bout of pneumonia as an infant which allowed him to carry out the work that God intended for him. Today, his historic achievements make him a nationally and internationally distinguished figure in African American history. He is the only man in the history of track and field to hold eleven world records simultaneously.

Tommie Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University in Social Science with double minors in Military Science and Physical Education. In 1974 he received his Master’s Degree in Sociology from Goddard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a college student, Tommie amazingly tied or broke a total of 13 world records in track. However, realizing the importance of education, Tommie went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Sociology. Tommie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree (LHD) from his alma mater, San Jose State University in May 2005.

During the historical 19th Olympiad in Mexico City in the summer of 1968, Tommie Smith broke the world and Olympic record with a time of 19.83 seconds and became the 200-meter Olympic champion. As the Star Spangled Banner played in the wind at the Mexico City Summer Olympic Games, Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the victory podium, draped with their Olympic medals, each raised a clinched fist covered in a black leather glove in a historic stand for black power, liberation, and solidarity. This courageous, unexpected worldwide event propelled Tommie Smith into the spotlight as a human rights spokesman, activist, and symbol of African American pride at home and abroad. Cheered by some, jeered by others, and ignored by many more, Tommie Smith made a commitment to dedicate his life, even at great personal risk to champion the cause of oppressed people. The story of the “silent gesture” is captured for all time in the 1999 HBO TV documentary: "Fists of Freedom".

Tommie Smith’s courageous leadership, talent, and activism have earned him well-deserved acclaim and awards. Some highlights are included here: featured in Sports Illustrated, Ebony, Time, and Newsweek; 1969-1971 Tommie played for the Cincinnati Bengals, 1978 member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame; coaching staff of the 1995 World Indoor Championship team in Barcelona, Spain; 1996 inducted into the California Black Sports Hall of Fame; 1999 Sportsman of the Millennium Award; May 1999 inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame; November 1999 inducted into the San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame; 2000-2001 the County of Los Angeles and the State of Texas presented Tommie Smith with Commendation, Recognition and Proclamation Awards; 2004 the French Government named a Gymnasium and a Youth Sports House in March 2007 in Paris in his honour. Since the games of the 19th Olympiad, Tommie has enjoyed a distinguished career as a coach, educator and activist. Tommie served as a faculty member at Santa Monica College, Santa Monica California for 27 years, teaching and coaching and serving on academic committees. Tommie has dedicated a total of 37 years to educating and teaching our children. In June 2005 he retired and move to Georgia, he continues to travel nationwide giving of himself to all.

The Tommie Smith Youth Track Athletics is in its 16th year in the Oakland California, The 9th year in Washington DC. Dr. Smith continues the struggle by helping bring awareness to our youth about Health and wellness. London and Paris has also joined the Tommie Smith Youth Initiative. Dr. Smith completed his Autobiography titled “Silent Gesture” published by Temple University Press in January 2007, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the literary category Autobiography and Biography. The Peace Abby Courage of Conscience Award April 2008, and the ESPYS Arthur Ashe Courage Award July 2008. The Trumpet Awards in 2007. April 1, 2012 Tommie was inducted into the California Sports Hall Of Fame. Smithsonian African American Museum 2016. He received the International Peace Prize in Dresden Germany 2018.

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Tommie Smith

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World Record Breaking, Gold Medal Olympian & Civil Rights Icon Famous for Black Power Salute at the Olympics

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Tommie Smith Biography

Tommie Smith began life quietly, born to Richard and Dora Smith on June 6, 1944 in Clarksville, Texas the seventh of 12 children. Tommie Smith survived a life-threatening bout of pneumonia as an infant which allowed him to carry out the work that God intended for him. Today, his historic achievements make him a nationally and internationally distinguished figure in African American history. He is the only man in the history of track and field to hold eleven world records simultaneously.

Tommie Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University in Social Science with double minors in Military Science and Physical Education. In 1974 he received his Master’s Degree in Sociology from Goddard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a college student, Tommie amazingly tied or broke a total of 13 world records in track. However, realizing the importance of education, Tommie went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Sociology. Tommie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree (LHD) from his alma mater, San Jose State University in May 2005.

During the historical 19th Olympiad in Mexico City in the summer of 1968, Tommie Smith broke the world and Olympic record with a time of 19.83 seconds and became the 200-meter Olympic champion. As the Star Spangled Banner played in the wind at the Mexico City Summer Olympic Games, Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the victory podium, draped with their Olympic medals, each raised a clinched fist covered in a black leather glove in a historic stand for black power, liberation, and solidarity. This courageous, unexpected worldwide event propelled Tommie Smith into the spotlight as a human rights spokesman, activist, and symbol of African American pride at home and abroad. Cheered by some, jeered by others, and ignored by many more, Tommie Smith made a commitment to dedicate his life, even at great personal risk to champion the cause of oppressed people. The story of the “silent gesture” is captured for all time in the 1999 HBO TV documentary: "Fists of Freedom".

Tommie Smith’s courageous leadership, talent, and activism have earned him well-deserved acclaim and awards. Some highlights are included here: featured in Sports Illustrated, Ebony, Time, and Newsweek; 1969-1971 Tommie played for the Cincinnati Bengals, 1978 member of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame; coaching staff of the 1995 World Indoor Championship team in Barcelona, Spain; 1996 inducted into the California Black Sports Hall of Fame; 1999 Sportsman of the Millennium Award; May 1999 inducted into the Bay Area Hall of Fame; November 1999 inducted into the San Jose State University Sports Hall of Fame; 2000-2001 the County of Los Angeles and the State of Texas presented Tommie Smith with Commendation, Recognition and Proclamation Awards; 2004 the French Government named a Gymnasium and a Youth Sports House in March 2007 in Paris in his honour. Since the games of the 19th Olympiad, Tommie has enjoyed a distinguished career as a coach, educator and activist. Tommie served as a faculty member at Santa Monica College, Santa Monica California for 27 years, teaching and coaching and serving on academic committees. Tommie has dedicated a total of 37 years to educating and teaching our children. In June 2005 he retired and move to Georgia, he continues to travel nationwide giving of himself to all.

The Tommie Smith Youth Track Athletics is in its 16th year in the Oakland California, The 9th year in Washington DC. Dr. Smith continues the struggle by helping bring awareness to our youth about Health and wellness. London and Paris has also joined the Tommie Smith Youth Initiative. Dr. Smith completed his Autobiography titled “Silent Gesture” published by Temple University Press in January 2007, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the literary category Autobiography and Biography. The Peace Abby Courage of Conscience Award April 2008, and the ESPYS Arthur Ashe Courage Award July 2008. The Trumpet Awards in 2007. April 1, 2012 Tommie was inducted into the California Sports Hall Of Fame. Smithsonian African American Museum 2016. He received the International Peace Prize in Dresden Germany 2018.

Tommie Smith Videos

  • Tommie Smith & John Carlos: from villains to heroes - YouTube
    Feb 9, 2016 ... Smith and Carlos, more linked than any two athletes in American history, have lived forever since Mexico City, 47-plus years. They...
  • A Conversation With Tommie Smith & Killer Mike
  • Tommie Smith on his 1968 Black power salute - YouTube
    Aug 7, 2012 ... At the Mexico Games in 1968, two African-American athletes stood on the winners' podium - heads bowed, gloved hands raised in a...

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  • How much does it cost to book Tommie Smith?

    Booking fees for Tommie Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tommie Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Tommie Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tommie Smith for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tommie Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tommie Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tommie Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Tommie Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Tommie Smith for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Tommie Smith generally travels from Stone Mountain, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Xernona Clayton, Charlene Carruthers, Fania Davis, Maya L. Harris and Michael W. Twitty. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tommie Smith for an upcoming event.

Tommie Smith Speaker Videos

  • Tommie Smith & John Carlos: from villains to heroes - YouTube
    Feb 9, 2016 ... Smith and Carlos, more linked than any two athletes in American history, have lived forever since Mexico City, 47-plus years. They say God ...
    A Conversation With Tommie Smith & Killer Mike
  • Tommie Smith on his 1968 Black power salute - YouTube
    Aug 7, 2012 ... At the Mexico Games in 1968, two African-American athletes stood on the winners' podium - heads bowed, gloved hands raised in a black ...

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