October is Black History Month, and once again the Jack Leslie Campaign is ready and willing to deliver presentations about Jack’s story.
Racism in sport and football continues, as we have seen over the last year with players being booed for taking the knee, racist abuse of England’s black footballers after the Euros, and ongoing issues with abuse on-line.
We therefore like to contrast the historical example of Jack Leslie’s exclusion from the England team on the basis of the colour of his skin, with contemporary issues, using Jack’s story to engage with audiences. History is nothing if we cannot learn from it, and Black History Month is an opportunity to engage with issues and stories otherwise ignored.
Artist Andy Edwards has started work on the statue- we will post a fuller update on progress soon. And of course our fund-raising continues, to enable us to deliver the best possible statue. However, the aims and objectives of the campaign have always included sharing the Jack Leslie story, and using that to challenge prejudice and discrimination.
Last year Sky Sports featured the Jack Leslie Campaign as part of their presentations, and you can watch the fantastic film here https://jackleslie.co.uk/news/jack-leslie-sky-sports-feature/
This year we will engage with schools, organisations, football-clubs and fan-groups, and businesses or commercial/corporate bodies.
We love presenting the Jack Leslie story as part of an assembly, in person or remotely.
We present at corporate level, as a discussion platform for companies or organisations who are interested in engaging with black history. Last year that included e.g. presentations with the CPS, the General Dental Council and Kingsley Napley solicitors. Our presentations are interactive, challenging but fun. Contact us for details!
This year we are delighted and proud to feature and participate in an exhibition in Newham, as well as a number of presentations throughout the month, starting with a virtual event with Norfolk libraries on October 4th- you can book here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/never-mind-the-danger-kick-off-the-ballad-of-jack-leslie-tickets-169769859219
To contact us to book a presentation or event, contact Greg or Matt. https://jackleslie.co.uk/faqs/