Olympic Project for Human Rights 2.5" Special Edition Patch
All proceeds from the sale of this patch support Black Lives Matter
In 1968 Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on the medal stand for the 200m dash at the Mexico City Olympic Games. The iconic image of these men with heads bowed and fists raised endures to this day as a powerful symbol in the long fight for equality.
The patches they wore on their jackets were of The Olympic Project for Human Rights, an organization founded by black amateur athletes seeking to highlight the exploitation of black athletes in the United States and calling for a boycott of the '68 Olympics. The story of OPHR is powerful, and it was instrumental in getting apartheid countries banned from those Games. And while the boycott did not materialize, on day 2 of the Olympics, Smith and Carlos delivered their message.
Our 2.5" embroidered patch with iron-on/sew-on backing is a reinterpretation of the original design. Ideal for gym bags, race tees, jackets, and other places you might show off your affiliations. This is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by OPHR.