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Black and Proud: Racism in Sport


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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.


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. A former ALF player and coach, McAdam currently works wit... Read more

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. Sean is the lead chief investigator of an ARC Linkage that is r... Read more

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 documenta... Read more

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. He has received research funding from the Australian Institute of Abor... Read more


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