Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Gil Scott-Heron Archive Vol.2


New York
1979 - 1994


Gone Too Soon
The Story Of Gil Scott-Heron
Radio 1Xtra Stories


On 16 October 1968, Tommie Smith, Peter Norman and John Carlos stood on the podium wearing Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badges. The two U.S. athletes received their medals shoeless, but wearing black socks, to represent black poverty. Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride, Carlos had his tracksuit top unzipped to show solidarity with all blue collar workers in the U.S. and wore a necklace of beads which he described "were for those individuals that were lynched, or killed and that no-one said a prayer for, that were hung and tarred. It was for those thrown off the side of the boats in the middle passage." The original audio of the roar of approval from the packed Mexican stadium was subsequently removed and jeering dubbed on instead.