Nicky Winmar leads poignant healing ceremony in Victoria Park as St Kilda celebrates 30th anniversary of its defiant stance against racism – and emotional Collingwood captain Darcy Moore hails the AFL legend’s ‘powerful impact’
- Nicky Winmar led a poignant healing ceremony in Victoria Park on Tuesday
- The public event took place on the 30th anniversary of his defiant attitude
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On Tuesday night, an Indigenous healing ceremony was held in Victoria Park, the same location where Nicky Winmar took a courageous stand against racism 30 years ago.
On April 17, 1993, St Kilda legend Winmar, fed up with racist abuse from Collingwood supporters, raised his guernsey, pointed to his skin and said, “I’m black and I’m proud to be black.”
Pitch-side photographer Wayne Ludbey captured the moment on camera in what is recognized as one of the most iconic shots in sport, and a symbol of Aboriginal people’s fight against racism.
A healing ceremony called Ngarra Jarra Noun was held Tuesday night at the former Magpies headquarters in Victoria Park, with members of the public attending the event, hosted by Nathan Lovett-Murray and Jason Ramiru.
The purpose of the ceremony was to give members of the public who have experienced racism a chance to heal.
Nicky Winmar spoke at a healing ceremony in Victoria Park on Tuesday night
The public gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of his defiant stance
After addressing racial abuse from Collingwood fans, Winmar lifted his top and pointed to his skin
Winmar attended the event with his grandchildren and addressed the audience, with current and former AFL players in attendance.
Collingwood Captain Darcy Moore said a few words, paying tribute to the “extraordinary legacy” Winmar left behind.
“I’m honored to be here,” he said. “This man has an extraordinary legacy and he has had a great influence on so many people here.
“Seeing the young people here today really inspires me to work towards a shared future where we can all walk together in strength and solidarity.”
More to follow.
Past and current AFL players were in attendance on Tuesday, including Jeff Farmer
Collingwood captain Darcy Moore paid tribute to Winmar’s ‘extraordinary legacy’
Winmar hugs a member of the public during Tuesday night’s poignant ceremony