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.
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.
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.
Angela Pippos is a journalist, television presenter, radio personality, author and MC.
Angela left her native South Australia in 1997 to pursue a sports journalism career with the ABC in Melbourne. She’s best known for anchoring the sports segment on the ABC TV News for almost a decade.
Searching for a new challenge in 2007, Angela ventured where no woman has dared go – the testosterone-charged world of breakfast sports radio.
In 2017 Angela released her second book, Breaking The Mould – Taking A Hammer To Sexism In Sport, and she produced two documentaries about the rise of women in Australian Rules football, League of Her Own (Seven Network) and Heroes (ABC).
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.