In 2021 Lewis Hamilton wrote a poem for Black History Month and decided to release it line by line, by wearing each line on his shirts ahead of races.
In 2020 Lewis Hamilton has been wearing shirts with messages like “Black Lives Matter” and “Arrest the Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor”, before and after races.
However, Lewis reveals the messages on his shirts in 2021 are connected – they are actually lines from the poem he wrote for Black History Month. He also revealed that each shirt has been designed by a different artist of colour.
He has now posted the first 17 lines of the poem, and told his Instagram followers to watch out for the messages he will be wearing in the coming races.
Here are the lines of Lewis’ BHM poem so far:
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When will we change?
It’s OK to listen
It’s OK to question our way of living
Racial inequality hides in plain sight
We breathe the same air, let’s fight the same fight
Let’s work together
Let’s go the distance
Let’s show compassion
Let’s show persistence
We are in control of our own existence
Build or destroy, we all know the difference
We’ve waited patiently to have this conversation
We are no longer waiting
We’re no longer waiting
In the name of justice we raise our voices
We learn, we grow, we make out choices
Let’s choose respect