America’s Two-time Olympic Medalist, Lee Evans, 63, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is currently in a San Francisco Bay Area hospital without medical insurance. Evans is best known for being the first man to break the 44-second barrier in the 400-meter dash, and for his significant leadership in arguably the most influential athletic social movement ever.
Evans was a member of the renowned San Jose State Track program (‘Speed City’)in the 60s under Head Coach Bud Winter and fought to protect African American athletes from racism and oppression as a founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR).
This movement is most often symbolized by the infamous image of Evans’ teammates Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists (wrapped with black OPHR bands) while receiving their respective Gold and Bronze medals (200-meter dash) on the podium at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic games. This was not a Black Power Salute but rather a Human Rights Salute.
For over four decades Evans has had a profound impact on the track and field community, as an athlete, coach, and activist. Now he needs our help!
We have been informed that an online donation system is being developed, and we plan to share that with our readers immediately upon receiving the link.
According to TheNation.com, at this time donations can be sent to Evans’ sister at the following address:
Rosemary Evans; 46096 Valeria Ave; Dos Palos 93620
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About the Author: Chantelle Wilder is the Senior Editor and Co-Founder of Runners Feed. She competes for the New Balance Silicon Valley Club and coaches at Santa Clara University. When she isn’t running, coaching or editing she can be found enjoying the fruitful wines of nearby Napa Valley while challenging her husband to a game of Bananagrams®.