Portsmouth City Council partnered with Portsmouth Football Club and Pompey in the Community to produce an anti-discrimination film.
Prompted by a rise in hate crimes across the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the high-profile incidents aimed at England football players following the Euros 2020 penalty shootout, this film is released at the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021 and during Black History Month.
Local poet Majid Dhana, who has lived in Portsmouth since 2005, wrote the poem titled ‘Illuminated Voices’ to help unify the city against this trend.
Illuminated Voices (written by Majid Dhana)
Welcome to Portsmouth, a city with soul within,
An island we call home, a place for us to win.
The floodlights on from darkness to light,
Together we stand united, stronger we fight.
This city has passion, respect and pride,
Play up Pompey this blue army is made of you and I.
No matter the colour or shade of your skin,
We’re in this race together, one team to the end.
Together we silence the voices of hate,
Disrespect has no place in our island state.
The blue shirt is the colour of our team,
Not white not black: Blue is what we scream.
Portsmouth is our home, we are one team.
Together we cry, smile and dream.
So join together, illuminate our voices.
Help our team-mates make the right choices.
Portsmouth against hate, we are on the same team,
Silence the haters, together we will win.
Starring in the short film are (in order of appearance):
Danny Cowley, Manager, Portsmouth Football Club
Duke Harrison-Hunter, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator for Pompey in the Community
Steve Hopes, Portsmouth resident and Pompey fan
Louis Thompson, Midfielder, Portsmouth Football Club
Cherelle Khassal, Striker, Portsmouth Football Club Women
Pete Andrew, Portsmouth resident and Pompey fan
Gavin Bazunu, Goalkeeper, Portsmouth Football Club
Majid Dhana, Poet, Portsmouth resident and Pompey fan