Black History Month: Premier League players open up on what the month means to them

Sky Sports has spoken with some of the Premier League's most prominent players about Black History Month.
In 1976, the United States government first recognized Black History Month. The UK Black History Month is held throughout October. It celebrates excellence in the Black community and highlights the contributions of those who have shaped our culture.

England fullback Kyle Walker said that Black history should be celebrated every day, not just during one month.

"Black History Month is important. But do you think it should be only one month in the year?" Sky Sports spoke out against the idea, stating that he doesn't believe so.

"I believe it should be every day of every month. This is not only for Black History Month, White History Month, or Asian History. All of us should just be happy, living and enjoying our lives."

Image: Paul Pogba had seven assists in six Premier League games this year

Paul Pogba, Manchester United midfielder, sees Black History Month a time when people of all backgrounds can celebrate, come together, and have fun.

He stated that he didn't believe there should be a Black History Month. Instead, he believed every month should be a month of humanity for all. It would be nice for all. Invite everyone and your friends from other countries to join you for a meal. This could be a great idea.

Image: Kalvin Phillips, England's Euro 2020 partner, had an extraordinary Euro 2020. He started all seven games and reached the final

Kalvin Phillips, England and Leeds United midfielder, points out that the fight against racism in football continues. He also highlighted the importance of learning about Black History Month and those who have helped others succeed.

He said, "I believe it is important because it allows you to look back at different stories and you can remember people who did different things."

"It's a big thing for me because I've gone through some things in life. I'm currently going through something in the world where there aren't many very good things.

"It has been very important to me to keep in mind where I came from and to know who has helped me get to where I am now."

Image: Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a Yorkshireman celebrates scoring against Leeds United

Dominic Calvert-Lewin is Everton's striker. Black History Month is all about learning from role models and becoming better ones.

England's international hopes that his success on the pitch will give Black children hope and believe they can do anything.

He stated that he believed Black History Month (for me) was hugely important as a child.

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It's important because it's possible to see someone who looks like you.

"I think that's the way I was raised [in terms] of thinking. No matter what skin color. It was because he could do it. It is extremely important in terms of role models.

Walker, Manchester City right back, tries to accept his role as a role model and says that he is motivated by the desire to silence his critics.

He said, "It's always nice to inspire, and me having been where I am from and the things I have had to deal with, both on and off-field has only made me stronger."

Image: Jay-Jay Okocha played 126 Premier League games for Bolton from 2002 to 2006.

"I believe that if you are determined to get something and work hard for it, nothing is impossible. I can tell you that people have written me off many times. It gives me the motivation to bounce back and prove them wrong.

Jay-Jay Okocha is Everton forward Alex Iwobi’s uncle and a role model for others. He was a former Nigerian midfielder with a 73-cap cap.

Sky Sports asked Iwobi who his Black sporting icon was. He replied, "My uncle Jay-Jay Okocha." He continues to message me even today. He plays a major role in my continuing development.

"It would be my uncle for me. He spoke of the times he was in Germany during spells at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Nineties and Borussia Neunkirchen. Jay-Jay Okocha would be my uncle.

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