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SJN Hearings: Black Lives Matter advocate Michael Holding to be a guest speaker

Michael Holding’s account of the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement last year earned widespread praise for its insightfulness and sensitivity. Picture: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Michael Holding’s account of the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement last year earned widespread praise for its insightfulness and sensitivity. Picture: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Published Oct 27, 2021

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Johannesburg - Former West Indies great, Michael Holding will appear at the Social Justice and Nation Building hearings as a guest speaker on Friday.

The SJN hearings, wrap up this week. Holding, whose account of the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement on SkySports in the UK last year, earned widespread praise for its insightfulness and sensitivity.

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In July, Holding released a book titled, Why We Kneel, How We Rise, which was prompted by the positive public reaction to his comments. The book expands upon his theme of how institutionalised racism developed historically and how it black people, and includes contributions from notable sports stars such as Usain Bolt, Thierry Henry, Michael Johnson and Naomi Osaka.

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The SJN project was established last year after a call by Lungi Ngidi for the Proteas to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement, exposed an undercurrent of racism within South African cricket.

The hearings, chaired by Transformation Ombudsman, Adv. Dumisa Ntsebeza, has heard heart-wrenching accounts from black players about how they have suffered in silence while part of domestic sides or even as part of the Proteas.

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