Monday, February 1, 2010

Black History Month

Today is the first day of Black History Month in the United States. Earlier I talked about the black power protests at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Last year, during Black History Month, ESPN created a documentary about this protest. It included Toy Smith and John Carlos' first visit back to DF since 1968. Here's the Facebook page for the documentary. I haven't seen it yet, and haven't been able to find anywhere online to watch it. Posted above is the trailer. The movie seems to be playing at film festivals now. I haven't found anywhere to buy the DVD. I'm going to contact ESPN for more info on seeing the film, and to see if there's anywhere that they are streaming the film online.

Also, in 2006, the National Museum of Mexican Art, located in Chicago, created an exhibit called "The African Presence in Mexico." Mexicans of African ancestry are most highly populated in the Caribbean states of Mexico. The exhibit has been on a national tour for five years, and is at the Smithsonian through the summer. It is returning to Chicago this fall.

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