Author(s): Matthew Klugman and Gary Osmond
On 17 April 1993, after an AFL match between St Kilda and Collingwood, Saints star Nicky Winmar made a historic statement in the face of a torrent of racial abuse. Facing the Collingwood crowd after St Kilda’s decisive win, he pulled up his shirt, pointed to his chest and declared: ‘I’m black and I’m proud to be black’. Race and sport have a long intertwined history in Australia, but it all came to a head on that day. Photographers Wayne Ludbey and John Feder captured the moment. Fellow Indigenous team member Gilbert McAdam didn’t even realise what had happened until later. What followed was an intense public debate that forced the AFL and the fans to confront their prejudices head-on. Black and Proud takes us back to that fateful day, but tells the stories of the players and the photographers and all they experienced in the lead-up and the aftermath.
'17 April 1993 provided our most powerful image of Uncle Nicky and the stories behind it. These stories are courageous, inspiring, intimate and eye-opening. This is a book all Australians need to read.' – Adam Goodes