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Jack Leslie Campaign: A review of Black History Month 2022

We believe that it is important to acknowledge black history every month, but nonetheless we are always happy to present a range of activities for Black History Month in October each year, and 2022 was no different!

With October out the way, you can still book us for in-person or or ”virtual” presentations -for schools, companies, football clubs, associations, businesses or other organisations. Contact us for bookings -contact details here.

We love telling the Jack Leslie story, and ensure that it is relevant to contemporary issues. The reason we do this is to fulfil our objectives to share jack’s story, celebrate diversity and combat racism:

Our aims include using Jack’s story to challenge stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination

You can read about our previous BHM presentations in 2020 here and in 2021 here !

REVIEW OF Black History Month 2022

1 Jack Leslie Campaign at Wembley

In the build-up to Black History Month we attendied Wembley stadium on 26th September for the England International, where Jack’s granddaughters were special guests of the FA. We were talking about Jack’s story and his England call-up, at a game where there was a special tribute to black football pioneers Benjamin Odeje and John Charles, both of whom played for England at school-boy or under 18 level. (1)

Jack was selected to play for England in 1925 (2) CARTOON BY ROB BULLEN

2 Sport In Words

#SportInWords

We kicked off the month with our role in a spectacular feature with BT Sports called Sport In Words, compered by Benjamin Zephaniah (pictured below with Jack Leslie’s granddaughters) and Jacqueline Shepherd.

Jack’s granddaughters with Benjamin

Different spoken word artists performed pieces about black sporting legends and pioneers, and Big Scoop performed a piece about Jack Leslie…..

Big Scoop performing, Jack’s family watching, and England legend Andy Cole speaking about Jack’s legacy

The programme aired on BT Sport 1 on 02 September, and was repeated on all BT channels throughout October- you can view Big Scoops piece about Jack Leslie here: https://www.bt.com/sport/watch/video/clips/2022/september/sport-in-words-jack-leslie

Matt, Greg, Big Scoop with Jack’s family

Big Scoop later attended the statue unveiling (see below) and performed his piece again- you can see and hear more about that here: https://jackleslie.co.uk/news/big-scoop/

3 Black History Came to Life: the statue unveiling

Our biggest event for Black History Month happened on the 7th October- the unveiling of the Jack Leslie statue at Home Park stadium- history being made as well as commemorated- detailed here: https://jackleslie.co.uk/news/the-unveiling/

Jack’s statue being unveiled

4 Schools and education

We delivered presentations at a number of schools, both on-line and in person, including Holy Cross and St Andrews Primary schools in Plymouth, Ashmount school in London

We also did a presentation for the Student Union at the University of Plymouth (pictured below)

Matt and Greg at Plymouth Uni
Greg outside Ashmount school

Looking forward

We have a number of bespoke options to make an informative and enjoyable presentation to help those companies who are interested.

NOTES

(1) Benjamin Odeje attended the game at Wembley as part of a wider plan from the FA to host a table of trailblazers who have a special place in the history of black footballers. We met with the Chief Executive of the FA, and later had confirmation that the Association will be awarding a honorary posthumous cap to Jack’s family!

(2) BLACK HISTORY-THE JACK LESLIE STORY :-

The England call-up (by Matt Tiller) https://jackleslie.co.uk/jack/england/

Jack Leslie life-story (by Bill Hern) http://www.gregfoxsmith.co.uk/the-jack-leslie-story-guest-blog-by-bill-hern/