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.
A copy of the book, The Revolt of the Black Athlete, written by Harry Edwards. The front cover of the book features an image of Tommie Smith and Juan Carlos raising their fists in the air at the medal ceremony during the 1968 Summer Olympics. Text above the image reads: [Harry Edwards / The Revolt Of The Black Athlete]. The book consists of 202 pages of text and photographs. The title page has several library inscriptions and a library sticker. The back of the last page has a library card slip. The back of the book has a photograph taken by Ted Streshinsky of Harry Edwards and an unidentified man. The photograph features the two men talking. Only the back of the man to the right of the image is visible. Edwards, the man at center, wears a dark jacket with pins and a dark beret and sunglasses. He is holding a cigarette with his proper right hand. Under the photograph white text reads: [Harry Edwards / Photo by Ted Streshinsky - PIX / 90900].
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.