Last Friday night, Sport in Society co-hosted an evening with John Carlos as he gave a presentation and signed copies of his new autobiography, The John Carlos Story. Four of Sport in Society’s co-op students attended the book signing eager to meet such an iconic Olympic athlete. Their expectations were surpassed as Carlos spoke about growing up in Harlem and the life lessons that brought him to the Olympic stage.
John Carlos spoke about his journey to the medal stand and how he always believed he was destined to be greater than his surroundings. As a young man Carlos was passionate about equality and met with civil rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Carlos captivated the room filled with community members, international students from England and Northeastern student-athletes as he shared his life story.
After the presentation, Carlos generously signed copies of his book and made conversation with anyone interested. Carlos left a lasting impression on those in attendance and will continue to inspire those looking to promote social justice in the world through the vehicle of sport.
Courtney Mortimer, Elizabeth Stern and Ronnie Townsend