In 1968, American sprinter John Carlos’s famous black power salute shattered the apolitical veneer of the Olympic games, and expressed solidarity with the political convulsions of that time. Carlos has dedicated the subsequent decades to sports and social outreach—and yesterday, he joined the The Nation’s Dave Zirin (who is also his biographer) to show his support for Occupy Wall Street. "We are not asking for change," he states in an interview with Democracy Now!. "We are demanding it."

You can read Zirin’s column on John Carlos’s trip to Zuccotti Park here.

—Teresa Cotsirilos