Joining WoW’s Black History Month to discuss athlete activism are former Liverpool player John Barnes, Professor Emeritus at the University of Berkeley, Dr Harry Edwards and local author of Pitch Black, Emy Onuora.
The talk takes place online, 8 October, 6pm. You can book tickets here.
In September 2016, Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest against police brutality and racism. He received both public praise and backlash.
Athlete activism can be traced back to ancient civilisations and is seeing a resurgence, especially in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and other political issues such as the proposed scrapping of free school meals here in the UK.
Whether we believe politics should be kept out of sport or not, it can’t be denied that these athletes are, more and more, using their global platform to draw our attention to and raise our awareness of the issues affecting people today.