Some of the best players in the Premier League have opened up to Sky Sports about what Black History Month means to them.
Black History Month was first recognized by the United States government in 1976. Black History Month in the United Kingdom runs throughout October and is a annual celebration of excellence throughout the black community, highlighting the contribution of inspiring personalities who have helped shape our culture.
England full-back Kyle walker says black history is something to be celebrated on a daily basis – and not just for a single month out of the year.
“Black History Month is important, but do I think it should only be one month of the year? No I don’t think so,” said the three-time winner of the Premier League title. Air sports.
âI think it should be every day of every month. But it’s not just for Black History Month, White History or Asian History. We should all just celebrate, you know, just live and enjoy life. “
Manchester United midfielder Paul pogba sees Black History Month as an opportunity for people from all walks of life to celebrate, come together and have fun.
He said, “I think there shouldn’t be a Black History Month, I think every month should be a Humanity Month for everyone. It would be good for everyone. You could invite everyone, your friends from different countries and we all eat together, that might be a good idea.
As the fight against racial injustice in football and society in general continues, the England and Leeds United midfielder Kalvin phillips emphasizes the importance of learning during Black History Month about those who paved the way for the development of others.
âI think it’s important because you can pick up on different stories, you remember people who did different things,â he said.
âIt’s a big thing for me, because I’ve been through some things in my life – I’m experiencing one thing in the world right now where not very good things are happening.
“And it was important for me to remember where you came from and to know who helped us get to where we are now.”
For the Everton striker Dominique Calvert-Lewin, Black History Month is all about finding role models and becoming a better in its own right.
The England international hopes his success on the pitch can provide black children with hope and belief that they can achieve and accomplish whatever they want in life.
He said: âFor me as a kid to have color models and then probably become, you know, a model myself today – which is always weird to me – I think (History Month of Blacks) is extremely important.
“This is important because when you see someone who looks like you, maybe it can come from a place where you’ve just achieved great things – so it’s not about, well, I don’t. can’t do that because I’m black, you know, because he already did.
“I guess that’s what I was raised on [in terms of thinking]. Regardless of the color of the skin. that was, you know, if he can do it, then you can do it. In terms of models, this is extremely important. “
Manchester City right-back Walker is also trying to embrace his role as a role model in the game and says he’s motivated by his desire to silence critics.
“It’s always good to inspire, and being where I’m from and what I’ve had to face, on and off the pitch, I think just makes me stronger.” , did he declare.
“I think if you have it in your heart to go get something and go achieve something, like nothing is impossible. I can assure you that there are people who have struck me off so many times. – it makes me want to bounce back and make sure I will prove them wrong. “
When it comes to role models, there’s nothing better than Jay-Jay Okocha, a former 73-cap Nigerian midfielder who is Everton’s forward. Alex Iwobi’s uncle.
When asked who his black sports icon is, Iwobi said Air sports: “My uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha. Even to this day he sends me messages. He plays a huge role [in my continued development].
“For me it would be my uncle. He told me about the times he played in Germany [during spells at Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Neunkirchen in the Nineties]. I would say my uncle, Jay-Jay Okocha. “
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