Silent Gesture: Autobiography of Tommie Smith

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Acknowledgments

FIRST AND FOREMOST: to my Heavenly Father who chose me to be a vessel in this season, thank you for giving me the opportunity, the strength, and the knowledge to Stand Up for Peace, Love, and Equality for ALL.

David Steele, thank you for your great writing and listening skills and your patience with me. If I remember correctly, we cooked you a steak dinner, and we sat on my patio and talked for hours and hours. Now you can buy me a steak dinner. Thanks again.

To my wife, Delois Jordan Smith, you were relentless in finding the avenue to see this book completed and published. The race is not given to the swift, but to the one who endures to the end. My lady, job well done.

To my sister Sally Mae Gamble, who worked alongside me in the cotton fields in the San Joaquin Valley and pushed me to continue my education. Rest in Peace.

To the rest of my brothers and sisters: Willie Jewell, James Richard, George, Lucille, Hattie Mae, Ernie, Mary, Gladys, Elizabeth, and Eugene. Let us not forget from whence we come. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.”

Dr. Tommie C. Smith

MY ROLE IN TELLING THIS STORY would not be possible without the trust and faith placed in me by Tommie Smith and his wife, Delois, who selected me to be the chronicler of a long-awaited, important chapter in history and showed the patience and perseverance to see the work through. I can only hope I have rewarded that faith.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • 1 - Welcome Home 1
  • 2 - October 16, 1968 20
  • 3 - Out of the Fields 42
  • 4 - The Biggest City I Had Ever Seen 73
  • 5 - Run before You Walk 95
  • 6 - The Coach and the Professor 114
  • 7 - Linked Forever 135
  • 8 - No Gold, No Glove 148
  • 9 - Paying the Price 172
  • 10 - Going Underground 194
  • 11 - Families Lost, and Found 211
  • 12 - It Will Outlive Me 233
  • Epilogue - Silent and Eternal 255
  • Acknowledgments 259
  • Index 261
  • About the Authors 267
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