In tribute to the lifetime accomplishments of Dr. John Wesley Carlos as a world-renowned athlete and human rights activist, it is with great pleasure that we here at JC68 inform the public that the Board of Regents for the Texas A&M University System, has unanimously approved a recommendation for Dr. John Wesley Carlos to receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Carlos attended Texas A&M University – Commerce when it was known as East Texas State University (ETSU) – Commerce, TX in 1966-67 where he set numerous records on the track, including world leading times of 9.2 for 100 yards and 20.3 for 220 yards on a dirt track. He also helped lead ETSU to a Lone Star Conference Track and Field Championship title in 1967. Dr. Carlos has always honored his teammates, instructors, and classmates who he studied with and competed with at ETSU, now known as Texas A&M University Commerce.
Dr. Carlos has also been asked to give the commencement address at the Spring Commencement ceremony for master’s and doctoral students on Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m. in the University Field House of Texas A&M University Commerce in Commerce, TX.
Only 27 individuals have been awarded honorary degrees within the universities 123 year history, so this is a remarkable accomplishment for one of Commerce’s most notable and world renowned athletes.
Check back later for more details pertaining to this wonderful award being presented to Dr. Carlos as the time nears by.
John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. In this episode, John Carlos discusses the historical significance of that moment and how it has made him the man he is today.← Positive(((+)))Thursday Positive(((+)))Thursday →
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