The oral history consists of nine digital files: 2011.174.103.1a, 2011.174.103.1b, 2011.174.103.1c, 2011.174.103.1d, 2011.174.103.1e, 2011.174.103.1f, 2011.174.103.1g, 2011.174.103.1h, 2011.174.103.1i.
John Carlos, Ph. D. discusses his childhood in Harlem, New York, the changes that he saw in Harlem with the widespread use of heroin and the splintering of families, and describes the disparities in education for black children when he was growing up. He remembers the influence of black leaders including Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Carlos was recruited to run track at East Texas State University, where he experienced racial discrimination and was treated poorly by his coach. He explains his protest at the 1968 Olympics, including the symbols that he and Tommie Smith employed to protest racial discrimination, and he describes the emotional impact that the protest had on him.
This pinback button owned by Tommie Smith represents the Olympic Project for Human Rights. The front of the button has a white ground with two (2) green leaves extending from the bottom center around the sides and nearly meeting at the top center. Inside the leaves at the center of the button is black text reading "OLYMPIC / PROJECT / FOR / HUMAN / RIGHTS". Text in green ink is visible along the reverse bottom edge of the button that reads "Empress Specialty Co. NYC NY 10010". The reverse of the button is silver metal with a horizontal pinback closure.