The salute on the medals stand happened before I was born, but it must have been an electric moment to witness. (Somebody should write a book about the '68 Olympics, actually, if it hasn't been done. Not only did this happen, but students flew a kite to cast a shadow over the presidential box during the opening ceremonies in protest of the Tlatelolco massacre. And less politically, the '68 games saw Bob Beamon set a long-jump record that stood for 23 years, and the games' graphic design, by Lance Wyman, was fantastic.)
I found it very touching that when Peter Norman died in 2006, Carlos and Tommie Smith delivered eulogies and were pallbearers at his funeral.
Peter Norman was an under-rated part of this. Not only did he lend John Carlos the gloves but his support for them got hem treated as much like shit by the Australian Olympic organisers as Smith and Carlos got from the US ones