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Dr. Harry Edwards, at right, moderates a sports and activism panel entitled "From Protest to Progress: Next Steps" with former and current professional athletes in including, from left, Jim Brown, Takeo Spikes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chris Webber, Anquan Boldin and Tommie Smith Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Former U.S. Olympian Tommie Smith, right, speaks as NFL football wide receiver Anquan Boldin listensduring a sports and activism panel entitled "From Protest to Progress: Next Steps" Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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At the same 1968 Olympic games during which George Foreman waved an American flag to celebrate his victory, U.S. sprinters Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos (right) stirred controversy when they gave a Black Power salute on the medals stand to protest racial injustice. (AP Photo)