“If you are in this to see change in your lifetime, get out now.” Love this story.
Norman got his badge from a member of the American Rowing Team and gave both those gloves to Tommie and Carlos. When they pointed out that there was only one pair, he replied that they could both wear one. In 2012, the Australian government apologized to Norman and his family with this:
“15 PETER NORMAN
The order of the day having been read for the resumption of the debate on the motion of Dr Leigh— That this House:
(1) recognises the extraordinary athletic achievements of the late Peter Norman, who won the silvermedal in the 200 metres sprint running event at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, in a time of 20.06 seconds, which still stands as the Australian record; (2) acknowledges the bravery of Peter Norman in donning an Olympic Project for Human Rightsbadge on the podium, in solidarity with African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who gave the ‘black power’ salute; (3) apologises to Peter Norman for the wrong done by Australia in failing to send him to the 1972 Munich Olympics, despite repeatedly qualifying; and (4) belatedly recognises the powerful role that Peter Norman played in furthering racial equality—Debate resumed by Dr Leigh who moved, by leave, as an amendment—Omit paragraph (3), substitute: (3) apologises to Peter Norman for the treatment he received upon his return to Australia, and the failure to fully recognise his inspirational role before his untimely death in 2006; and Debate continued.
Question—That the amendment be agreed to—put and passed.
Question—That the motion, as amended, be agreed to—put and passed.”
Also, as an aside, Norman still holds the fastest track time in Australian history.