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.
Program from The Riverside Church in New York City, dated Sunday, November 18, 1962. The program is off-white paper with black ink. The program is tri-folded and printed on both sides. The church's program that day featured a guest sermon by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr titled "The Dimensions of a Complete Life." The front cover features a black and white illustration of The Riverside Church's bell tower on the left. Text at the top reads “The Riverside Church / INTERDENOMINATIONAL INTERRACIAL INTERNATIONAL / NEW YORK CITY.” In the top center-right is handwritten text that reads, “I shall never / forget this occasion.” The schedule for the Morning Worship is listed inside the program. Dr. King's sermon is listed on an interior page of the program and is circled in blue ink with a red star to the left. The back page has a short biography about Dr. King and address for donations.