This Is The Book: Why We Kneel How We Rise

Posted on 22nd June 2021 by Mark Skinner

Sporting icons combine in a call for better education to beat racism. 

As a bowler for the West Indies, Michael Holding was well known for his measured run up and devastating fast bowling, an approach he has taken into his punditry where he is always calm and controlled but also frank and honest with his opinions. So when rain delayed the start of play and conversation was steered to the impact of racism in cricket in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Holding spoke with a clarity which forced everyone watching and those who caught up later to take notice of his words. A year on, the conversation he started has become a book, including the conversations he's had with other sporting icons, and another view of history that shows how important education is in eradicating racism and improving equality for all. In this episode we find out from those involved why this book is so important and their hopes for what it might achieve.

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The Jamaican commentator and former cricketer expands on the game-changing distillation of the Black Lives Matter movement that he delivered live on air, in this powerful, eloquent work which combines Holding’s own testimony about racial abuse with thoughtful interviews from across the world of sport.
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