Reading Notes: Athlete-Activist Tommie Smith Working on a Graphic Novel About Life | Books


NEW YORK — Olympic gold medalist and civil rights activist Tommie Smith is working on a graphic novel based on his life.

Norton Young Readers announced Tuesday that “Victory. To stay! Raising My Fist for Justice” will be released on September 27. Smith is writing the book with Derrick Barnes, and illustrations will be provided by Dawud Anyabwile.

Smith, 77, won a gold medal after placing first in the 200 meter sprint at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. He is best remembered for what happened next, when he and bronze medalist John Carlos raised their gloved fists in protest against racial injustice at the medal ceremony as the US national anthem was played. play. Both athletes were suspended from the US team and forced to leave the Olympic Village.

“Young readers will find a story of bravery, activism and a cry for freedom from one of the most iconic figures in American sports,” Norton says of the upcoming book.

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Roanoker who fled China tells his storySometimes you befriend people, seemingly ordinary people who turn out to have extraordinary stories. Such is the case with Nancy Chang from Roanoke, according to Dr. Hayden Hollingsworth and Dr. Bert Spetzler, who helped Chang record her story in “My Extraordinary Journey,” now available on Amazon Kindle.

“This short memoir is the story of Wing Si, now Nancy Chang,” Spetzler wrote in a recent email to the Roanoke Times. “This is the heartbreaking story of a family initially torn apart during the communist takeover of China and how, through the power of will, determination and faith, they found a new beginning in America. “

In the book, Chang talks about the changes she and her family went through after the communist takeover, including the disappearance of family members, and her “re-education” on a farm where she cleaned stalls at bare hands.

Her parents and two siblings fled to Hong Kong, leaving her at age 16 to care for her five younger siblings. The youngest was 2 years old.

“Through her courage and determination, she was able to keep the siblings healthy and together and reach Hong Kong four years later,” Spetzler wrote. “Many twists and turns later, she then recounts her life and her new beginning in America.”

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