Dominique Walker is presented with a Hall of Fame Award by Everton's Phil Neville
Young people from Rice Lane, Woolton, Lister and St Ambrose Primary Schools took part in an event at the Goodison Park this week sponsored by Liverpool City Council & the PFA/Premier League Community Fund. Leader of Liverpool Council, Joe Anderson spoke to open the afternoon, pledging his support to the anti-racism campaign.
A workshop explored issues of racism, building an understanding of the dangers of stereotyping and "judging a book by it's cover". The young people then viewed a screening of Show Racism the Red Card's film featuring the game's top players speaking about their experiences and offering their advice for how we can work together to overcome racism.
The audience were delighted to welcome a whole host of special panel guests: Fern Whelan, Toni Duggan & Brooke Chaplen from the Everton Ladies; Everton Club Captain Phil Neville; Premier League referee Chris Foy; former Everton footballer Cliff Marshall; Everton's Community Engagement Officer Henry Mooney, and SRtRC patron Dominique Walker.
Dominique Walker is a long-standing supporter of Show Racism the Red Card - she has attended several of our events and features on our SRtRC film. She was inducted into Show Racism the Red Card's Hall of Fame at this event for her work with the campaign.
Megan asked a poignant question to the panel: "What are the most serious consequences of racism and how can it affect our communities?"
Dominique spoke about the death of her brother, Anthony Walker, in 2005. He was killed in an unprovoked racist attack - this is a demonstration of how serious the consquences of racism are. She spoke about how important it is for us to continue to educate against racism and overcome racist attitudes so no-one else has to experience what she has gone through.
Maisy asked whether enough is being done to education the older generation about racism.
Phil Neville spoke about the importance of campaigns like Show Racism the Red Card which help to educate young people about racism. Within football, things have definitely moved forward - the experiences that Cliff Marshall dealt with during his playing career are thankfully no longer the reality for black players today. Phil agreed that there are people in the older generation with outdated views and less of an understanding about issues of racism. He posed a question to the audience: "Will you go back to your homes and schools and share some of the messages you have learnt today with your friends and family?" The young people agreed enthusiastically!
Congratulation to Megan, Maisy and Joe who asked the best questions of the afternoon and won Show Racism the Red Card t-shirts and footballs. Joe was awarded the top prize of a signed Everton shirt, kindly donated by the club.
Show Racism the Red Card thanks Joe Anderson, Sandra Tai and Liverpool City Council, Henry Mooney, Helen Mayo, Darren Griffiths and the staff at Everton FC and all of the panel guests for their support.