Speed City: From Civil Rights to Black Power

Friday, November 1, 2019Sunday, April 5, 2020
Organized by History San José and presented in partnership with SJMA
The exhibition will open to the public at 5pm on Friday, November 1

Tommie Smith beats Lee Evans at his own race (the 400/440), c.1968. Photo by Jeff Krott.

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.