Sports History: Olympic Medalist John Carlos to Speak at NCCU Track & Field Banquet  (Archive)
Second Annual Event on April 8-10 Pays Tribute to NCCU Track & Field History  Kyle Serba

DURHAM, N.C. ľOlympic medalist and iconic Black Power salute protester Dr. John Carlos will be the special guest speaker at the North Carolina Central University second annual Dr. LeRoy T. Walker Track & Field Banquet on Friday, April 8. The weekend of events from April 8-10, with the theme of "Passing the Baton: Where Past Meets Present for a Promising Future," will serve as a fundraiser for scholarships and operations of the NCCU track & field program.



Carlos gained international attention after earning a bronze medal in the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City by raising his black-gloved fist while standing on the podium during the medal award ceremony.

Below is a complete listing of events:

Friday, April 8 - 6:30 p.m. (Hilton Durham near Duke University Hotel): A banquet, named in honor of legendary coach and NCCU Chancellor Emeritus Dr. LeRoy T. Walker, with master of ceremonies Larry Rawson, an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and track & field analyst, honoring NCCU track & field greats Ronald Draper (1971 ranked No. 6 in the world in the 110m hurdles), Andrew McCray (1964 NCAA Division II Outdoor 400m hurdles champion), Jessica Mills (2006 NCAA Division II outdoor triple jump champion), Ronnie Ray (1975 400m Pan American Games winner and outdoor NAIA champion), and Julius Sang (1972 Olympic bronze and 4x400m relay gold medalist). The current NCCU team will be introduced, followed by comments on NCCU's quest to return to glory and how to help! Cost: (see brochure for prices). [Photo NCCU].