Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black Power

  • Image

    Installation view of Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black Power, San José Museum of Art, California, 2019. Photos by JKA Photography.

  • Image
     
  • Image
     
  • Image
     
  • Image
     
  • Image
     
  • Image
     
  • Image
     

This archival exhibition, originally curated by Urla Hill in 2007, examines the broader history of athletics at San José State beyond Tommie Smith and within the historical framework of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Featuring memorabilia, ephemera, photographs, and archival documents, Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black Power reveals the unique cross-section of sports and activism fostered at SJSU from the late 1940s through 1969.