Tommie Smith

Povich Center Book Club

The Povich Center Virtual Book Club is a partnership between the Povich Center and area high school teachers and students. At the start of the semester, the Povich Center chooses a book that combines sports and history. The Center provides copies of the book to participating students. At the end of the semester, the Center hosts a virtual discussion with Merrill College faculty and the book’s authors.

This year's book selection was “Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith" by Tommie Smith and Merrill College alumnus David Steele. The book recounts Smith’s famous medal-stand protest at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

On Jan. 13, approximately 40 Prince George’s County high school students met via Zoom with Smith, Steele and Kevin Blackistone, Merrill College Professor of the Practice and Washington Post Sports Columnist, to discuss the protest movement in sports and Smith’s legacy as a champion of social justice.

You can learn more about the book club in this piece by Alex Flum from WDVMTV.

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