Thursday event is free and open to the public

Olympic athlete and political activist John Carlos will give Pacific University's 2012 Whiteley Distinguished Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Taylor-Meade Performing Arts Center, 2014 Cedar Street.

Admission is free and Mr. Carlos will take part in a book-signing session following his talk. Seating capacity is 400 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The event is titled, "Olympic Champion, Olympian Activist."

At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Carlos drew international attention after winning the bronze medal in the 200-meter dash. He and fellow medal-winner Tommie Smith each thrust a black-glove clad fist into the sky in defiance of racism and other discrimination in America.

It was an iconic moment in the civil rights movement. Carlos has continued to stand up for civil liberties and justice and against racism and greed.

This Benjamin and Elaine Whiteley Distinguished Lecture is an annual offering of the College of Arts & Sciences made possible by the generous support of the Whiteleys.

The College's School of Social Sciences is presenting this year's lecture.

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