Obama invites ‘Black Power’ protesters to White House Olympic ceremony
WASHINGTON — President Obama paid tribute to the “Black Power” protesters at the 1968 Olympics Thursday during a White House ceremony to honor the 2016 Olympic team.
Among the hundreds of current and former athletes on hand for the ceremony were Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the track and field athletes whose raised-fist protest became an iconic image of the Civil Rights movement.
“Their powerful silent protest of the 1968 games was controversial, but it woke folks up, and it created a greater opportunity for those that followed,” Obama said.
Breitbart: Obama Appeared and Marched with New Black Panther Party in 2007 — Photos Included
As a presidential candidate in March 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama appeared and marched with members of the New Black Panther Party. Included in Obama’s Panther entourage was Malik Zulu Shabazz, the racist group’s “national chief.” Shabazz was one of the Panthers charged in the voter intimidation case that the Obama/Holder Justice Department dismissed in 2009 — even though the government had already won the case (the Panthers defaulted) and the evidence supporting the civil charges was overwhelming.
Charges Against ‘New Black Panthers’ Dropped by Obama Justice Dept.
Charges brought against three members of the New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense under the Bush administration have been dropped by the Obama Justice Department, FOX News has learned.
The charges stemmed from an incident at a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008 when three members of the party were accused of trying to threaten voters and block poll and campaign workers by the threat of force — one even brandishing what prosecutors call a deadly weapon.