Tommie Smith to return to Mexico City to light Raiders torch

In this Nov. 5, 2016 photo, scratched up helmets belonging to the Raiders youth squad sit out before the team's American football game against the Buhos on the outskirts of Mexico City. The NFL returns to Mexico for the first time in 11 years when the Texans face the Raiders in a regular season game on Nov. 21 in sold-out Azteca Stadium. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
In this Nov. 5, 2016 photo, scratched up helmets belonging to the Raiders youth squad sit out before the team's American football game against the Buhos on the outskirts of Mexico City. The NFL returns to Mexico for the first time in 11 years when the Texans face the Raiders in a regular season game on Nov. 21 in sold-out Azteca Stadium. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

ALAMEDA (KRON) — Olympic gold medalist Tommie Smith will return to Mexico City to light the torch honoring late Raiders owner Al Davis before Oakland plays Houston in an NFL game.

Smith will make his second trip back to Mexico City since he famously raised his black-gloved fist with bronze medalist John Carlos as a sign of black power following his win in the 200-meter finals at the 1968 Olympics.

Raiders owner Mark Davis invited Smith to join the team on its trip for Monday night’s game and light the torch that honors his father, who was a leading force in hiring minorities and women to major jobs in football.

Smith told ESPN that it’s an “historic moment” and praised the Raiders for always standing for diversity and civil rights.

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