Killer Mike is sharing a conversation with former Olympian and American Civil Rights Leader Tommie Smith via Mike’s YouTube channel.
In the 1968 games, Tommie Smith made history by winning the 200m sprint in under 20 seconds. Removing his PUMA Suedes, he stepped onto the medal podium in black socks to represent poverty and slavery, and raised his fist – “to stand up for human rights and to stand up for black Americans.” With that gesture, Tommie Smith altered the course of history and dedicated his life to change.
WATCH: Killer Mike in conversation with Tommie Smith:
2015 was a year in which Killer Mike, one half of the hip hop duo Run The Jewels, emerged as a consistently relevant voice in entertainment. Whether it was issues surrounding police violence, race relations, or other injustices, Mike was one of the voices that the media often turned to.
Guest appearances on programs such as CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, PBS’ Tavis Smiley, and a multitude of major news networks serve to illustrate how vital Mike’s commentary was in 2015 and continues to be in 2016. Whether it was through his social media or while delivering a lecture at MIT entitled Race Relations, Mike spoke about politics and social justice issues in an honest, plainspoken, and informed manner that inspired and enlightened many thousands of people. For that he was honored with an invitation to the White House Press Correspondents dinner.