Veteran US civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson was welcomed to the UK this week by Dave Prentis, General Secretary of one of Show Racism the Red Card’s major sponsors, UNISON.
Hailing Rev Jackson’s inspiring fight for equality and justice Mr Prentis said: "Throughout the last 40 years, we have all witnessed your leadership and your fight for civil rights. We saw you with Martin Luther King when he was assassinated in 1968. We witnessed you running for president in 1984. And we saw you deeply moved by the inauguration of Barack Obama."
Throughout that time, said Mr Prentis "we have taken inspiration from you. Your fight is our fight – a fight against discrimination in our society."
Rev Jackson told the audience, which contained many UNISON members, that, although "we may have achieved equality symbolised by Obama entering the White House as president. We have not achieved fairness and a fair distribution of life chances whether in jobs, education or health."
He stressed the importance of fighting for these rights through collective action and highlighted the need for people to join and build trade unions to spearhead the fight for fairness.
Both speakers referred to the importance of fighting racism everywhere, and Mr Prentis noted that UNISON has backed the Show Racism the Red Card campaign over many years, and "it has had a major impact across sport."
Rev Jackson gave his backing to the campaign and asked everyone to join in the struggle for justice and fairness.