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Mills wants activism to be remembered more than gold medal

 

August 6, 2020



TOKYO — A few years before Billy Mills won his gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the Native American was several floors up in front of an open hotel window,standing on a chair and ready to jump.

He was despondent over yet another racial slight, this time being excluded from a photograph because of his brown skin. It happened several times, often after he'd won a big race.

Unknown to him at the time, his bouts of depression were also triggered by un-diagnosed hypoglycemia and type-two diabetes.

https://www.startribune.com/mills-wants-activism-to-be-remembered-more-than-gold-medal/572017992/

 

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