Victory. Stand!: Raising My Fist for Justice (Hardcover)
Tommie Smith set a world record in the 1968 Olympics and was awarded the gold medal. While receiving his medal, Smith, along with bronze medalist and teammate John Carlos, raised his fist to protest the racial injustice in America. This book looks not only at Smith’s life before and after the Olympics, but also puts in context the inequalities and cruelties of the time. While there is difficult language for younger readers, this is an excellent tool for starting a conversation about prejudice and the work that still needs to be done, and the graphic novel format makes this thorny historical event more approachable. -Holly— From Fall Booknotes 2022
Longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
A groundbreaking and timely graphic memoir from one of the most iconic figures in American sports—and a tribute to his fight for civil rights.
On October 16, 1968, during the medal ceremony at the Mexico City Olympics, Tommie Smith, the gold medal winner in the 200-meter sprint, and John Carlos, the bronze medal winner, stood on the podium in black socks and raised their black-gloved fists to protest racial injustice inflicted upon African Americans. Both men were forced to leave the Olympics, received death threats, and faced ostracism and continuing economic hardships.
In his first-ever memoir for young readers, Tommie Smith looks back on his childhood growing up in rural Texas through to his stellar athletic career, culminating in his historic victory and Olympic podium protest. Cowritten with Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Honor recipient Derrick Barnes and illustrated with bold and muscular artwork from Emmy Award–winning illustrator Dawud Anyabwile, Victory. Stand! paints a stirring portrait of an iconic moment in Olympic history that still resonates today.
About the Author
Tommie Smith is a former Olympic track-and-field gold medalist. He lives outside Atlanta, Georgia.
Derrick Barnes has received both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Author Honor. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Dawud Anyabwile is an Emmy Award–winning illustrator and comic artist based in Atlanta, Georgia.
This evocative undertaking extends histories of 20th-century Black struggles for new generations, reminding us to continue to be brave, courageous, and organize for change. Authentic and inspiring.
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Compelling.... Kinetically illustrated.... A powerful celebration of resistance.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
With vivid black-and-white artwork that emphasizes Smith's athleticism and powerful messages about allyship, conviction, family, and resistance, this is compelling and engaging account of an iconic moment and an important period in U.S. history.
— Booklist (starred review)