Tommie Smith won the Olympic gold medal in the 200 meters 42 years ago this Saturday. He's now selling the medal along with the shoes he wore in the race.
The reason Smith is so remembered is because he and his fellow American John Carlos raised black gloves in the air on the medal podium to call out racial injustice in America. The men later said it was merely a gesture of support for the African American community, but others interpreted it as more of a protest.
We sat down with Gary Zimet of Moments In Time, the memorabilia house that is selling Smith's medal and shoes he wore during that race to talk about the items.
Darren: How did you get to sell this item?
Zimet: About a year ago, I came upon Tommie's Web site and the adventurous entrepreneur that I am decided to e-mail him. He didn't show interest initially, but persistence paid off and three weeks ago, I visited him in Atlanta and struck a deal.
Darren: You've auctioned off a lot of amazing stuff. I know right now you have the signature John Lennon gave to Mark Chapman on the day he shot him. Where does this rank?
Zimet: It's among the most important and certainly unique items that I've had. Most athletes with their medals, especially gold medals, especially from such an important and iconic race don't give them up, so it's really an honor to sell something of this magnitude.