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Anthony Louderbough, University of New Mexico Students Give Black Power Salute at a Lobos Basketball Game

Seven Generations 2020

Anthony Louderbough
born 1947; lives Albuquerque, New Mexico
University of New Mexico Students Give Black Power Salute at a Lobos Basketball Game
ca. 1968
gelatin silver print
8 x 10 in.
Anthony Louderbough Pictorial Collection PICT 000-954(2)-0011, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico

Peacefully protesting the United States National Anthem at sporting events was revitalized in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during its performance before football games. Politicians and many fans loudly denounced his protest, but he was not the first person or athlete to make such a demonstration.

The University of New Mexico Black Student Union members seen here giving a Black Power salute were following in the footsteps of US athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos. After winning the gold and bronze medals in the 200-meter race at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, the two men each raised a gloved fist during the performance of the US National Anthem. They were protesting human rights violations faced by the Black community, including poverty, lynching, and the legacies of slavery.