Athletes use their platform to fight for social change

Jemele Hill, John Carlos and Damion Thomas speak at the inaugural Athletes and Activism event last week.

Standing on the victory podium with his fist defiantly held in the air in the Black Power salute, African-American sprinter John Carlos knew his action would spark outrage around the world.

But as an athlete who just won a bronze medal in track and field at the 1968 Olympic games, Carlos recognized that his fame could leverage his statement — a message at the center of…