Written by: Rodney Hinds
Published on 19th May 2021
Sir Lewis Hamilton has been awarded the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award for his work campaigning against racial injustice. Hamilton wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts and took part in anti-racism demonstrations during the 2020 season. Also, he has established the Hamilton Commission to identify and address the barriers Black people face in UK Motor Sport and he has stated that he aims to make the sport “as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in”.
On 6th September 2020, fourteen drivers took the knee to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement before the Austrian Grand Prix. Formula 1 and the FIA have expressed their support for these anti-racism demonstrations.
In November 2020, Hamilton was voted the most influential Black person in Britain by the Powerlist 2021, which is an annual list of the 100 most influential people of African or African Caribbean ethnicity in the UK. Hamilton commented “I think we all have responsibility and we’re trying to do our best. I like to think that I’m just a part of a chain of many people trying to push for change.