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Black and Proud: Racism in Sport

On 17 April 1993, Indigenous AFL player Nicky Winmar raised his St Kilda jersey and pointed out the colour of his skin to the Collingwood fans that had taunted him throughout the match. That photograph, and his accompanying statement, ‘I’m black and I’m proud to be black,’ became an iconic moment in AFL history, forcing many in the sporting arena to analyse their attitude towards race.

Authors Matthew Klugman and Gary Osmond assess the legacy of this photograph in their book Black and Proud, using it as a jumping off point to scrutinise racism in sport, and the wider implications of black and white relations in Australian society. Dr Osmond, from the University of Queensland, examines what has changed, with a panel including Dr Sean Gorman from the Centre for Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University, and host Angela Pippos.

Who?

Portrait of Gilbert McAdam

Gilbert McAdam

Originally from Alice Springs, Gilbert McAdam had a highly successful AFL career with St Kilda Football Club, and later, the Brisbane Bears, and is the first Indigenous player to win the Magarey medal in South Australia’s SANFL competition.

Portrait of Sean Gorman

Sean Gorman

Sean Gorman is the author of two books: Brotherboys: The story of Jim and Phillip Krakouer (2005) and Legends: The AFL Indigenous Team of the Century (2011). Brotherboys was adapted for theatre and Krakouer! had a national tour in 2011.

Portrait of Angela Pippos

Angela Pippos

Angela is an award-winning journalist, presenter, documentary-maker, author and MC.

Her most recent documentary, The Record, follows Australia’s dramatic Women’s T20 World Cup campaign and the audacious bid to fill the MCG for the final on International Women’s Day 2020. The two-part documentary premiered globally on Amazon Prime in March 2021, and had a secondary release on ABC TV. Angela co-wrote and co-produced the film. Her next documentary idea is bubbling away.

Angela is a co-host on Broad Radio - a live-streamed radio show by and for women.

She also writes regular columns about sport and culture for a number of publications and is a tireless campaigner for gender equality in sport and society. In fact, her most recent book, Breaking The Mould – Taking a Hammer to Sexism in Sport made the Grattan Institute’s ‘Prime Minister’s Summer Reading list’, The Australia Institute’s ‘Essential Reading List’ and is on its third reprint.

Angela is a proud ambassador of the Adelaide Crows.

Portrait of Gary Osmond

Gary Osmond

Gary Osmond is senior lecturer in sport history in the School of Human Movement Studies at the University of Queensland. His research interests include race and sport, with a focus on Indigenous Australians and Pacific Islanders.

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