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The day Nicky Winmar lifted his shirt and declared “I’m black and I’m proud of it” came at a time of great social upheaval. This iconic moment gave license to thousands of Indigenous sports men and women to be proud, to stand up and not to accept racist sledging in any circumstances.  

Over 25 years on, what has changed? Does Nicky Winmar’s simple protest still resonate with new generations of players? 

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