Hayden White is a Defender at Walsall Football Club.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
BHM means celebration, a celebration for Black people that are doing great things in the community and worldwide. I think it’s a chance for people to show their appreciation to people who might not have got that recognition before.
What does it mean to you to be Black and British?
It means a lot to me; I have two different cultures in one. My dad was born and raised in Jamaica and my mum was born in Birmingham to Jamaican parents. Growing up I was always taught about my Caribbean background and it is something I am incredibly proud of.
Who inspires you?
My grandparents, I lost both of them last year, but I had a good 20+ years with them. They were both part of the Windrush generation. I heard lots of stories about how hard life was for them and the things they went through. They were the last of a special generation for me where loyalty, honesty and core values led the way.
What are your hopes and aspirations for the future?
To be as successful as possible, to continue to work hard and make a difference, whether that’s on the pitch or in my day to day life. I believe I am a strongminded Black man. I have a daughter to raise and make sure she is ready for any adversity she may face in her life. On a greater scale would hope that one day there isn’t such a social divide. There’s sometimes a lack of opportunities for young Black men and women and I hope one day this will change.
What do you think would make Walsall a better place?
To be honest, I haven’t spent much time in Walsall since signing as I was still living away. What I can say is, from the outside it seems like a very diverse place with lots of different cultures and ethnicities which is great!