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Olympic Medalist John Carlos to Speak at NCCU

Dr. John Carlos, 1968 Summer Olympics Black Power salute

Olympic medalist and iconic Black Power salute protester Dr. John Carlos will be the special guest speaker at the North Carolina Central University second annual Dr. LeRoy T. Walker Track & Field Banquet on Friday, April 8. The weekend of events from April 8-10, with the theme of "Passing the Baton: Where Past Meets Present for a Promising Future," will serve as a fundraiser for scholarships and operations of the NCCU track & field program.

Carlos gained international attention after earning a bronze medal in the 200-meter dash at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City by raising his black-gloved fist while standing on the podium during the medal award ceremony.

Below is a complete listing of events:

Friday, April 8 - 6:30 p.m. (Hilton Durham near Duke University Hotel): A banquet, named in honor of legendary coach and NCCU Chancellor Emeritus Dr. LeRoy T. Walker, with master of ceremonies Larry Rawson, an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and track & field analyst, honoring NCCU track & field greats Ronald Draper (1971 ranked No. 6 in the world in the 110m hurdles), Andrew McCray (1964 NCAA Division II Outdoor 400m hurdles champion), Jessica Mills (2006 NCAA Division II outdoor triple jump champion), Ronnie Ray (1975 400m Pan American Games winner and outdoor NAIA champion), and Julius Sang (1972 Olympic bronze and 4x400m relay gold medalist). The current NCCU team will be introduced, followed by comments on NCCU's quest to return to glory and how to help! Cost: (see brochure for prices).

Saturday, April 9 - 7:00 p.m. (Hilton Durham near Duke University Hotel): A social gathering in honor of the awardees. Cost: $20.00

Sunday, April 10 - 11:00 a.m. (W.G. Pearson Dining Hall): A "Meet the Stars" brunch in which the public can greet and talk to the former NCCU track & field luminaries. Cost $15.00.

Hotel Rooms are reserved at the Hilton Durham near Duke University Hotel, 3800 Hillsborough Road, Durham, N.C. 27705 - 919-564-2904.

For more information, read the event brochure at www.nccueaglepride.com. To register, detach the registration form on the brochure and send in the completed form and payment to confirm your attendance. Any questions, contact NCCU Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Michael Lawson at 919-530-5121 or mlawson@nccu.edu or committee chairman Mike Lipscomb at 908-391-0290 or mlrealtygroup@att.net.

Registration for Banquet:

Please follow these procedures for purchasing tickets for the Friday night Banquet:

Step 1 – Print the Brochure (click on link below).
Step 2 – Read all information on the last page of the Brochure.
Step 3 – Fill out and check your selection for the Banquet.
Step 4 – Detach and mail back with your check or money order ASAP.  Once received, you will be placed on a seating list for the evening's event.

10% off single banquet tickets if purchased by January 31, 2016!
Special discount package of $175.00 for all 3 events.

Link to Event Brochure:


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