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US athletes Tommie Smith (C) and John Carlos (R) raise their gloved fists in the Black Power salute to express their opposition to racism in the USA during the US national anthem, after receiving their medals 17 October 1968 for first and third place in the men's 200m event at the Mexico Olympic Games. (Photo credit: OFF/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

A picture is certainly worth a thousand words. And what better way to celebrate Black History Month than by taking a moment to acknowledge the snapshots of time that represent the struggle and triumph of African-Americans through the years?

As part of our Black History Month coverage, we will be featuring one photo a day that honors years of groundbreaking achievement within the black community. These photos bring tears to our eyes, instill pride in our hearts and motivate us to carry on the legacy of strength and perseverance.

Today's photo was taken at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. Tommie Smith, the gold medallist in the 200-meter race, and John Carlos, the bronze medallist, gave the black power salute as an anti-racial protest as they stood on the podium with Australian silver medallist Peter Norman. Smith and Carlos were told to leave the Olympic village after the incident, which many viewed as a Black Power salute. The pair were ridiculed by Olympic officials and by the mainstream press, but their protest and its image have become iconic symbols of black struggle. Take a look at the photo and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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