Pelé: The King of Football Who Helped to Shift Perceptions of Black People in Brazil

Was an iconic figure for many, both in brazil and around the world. he was a professional footballer who achieved international stardom and recognition for his achievements on the pitch. his influence was felt in many ways, particularly in the way he helped to shift perceptions of black people in brazil. through his success, he demonstrated that it was possible for black people to reach international prominence.

Events surrounding pelé’s influence and legacy took place during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. at the time of his first world cup victory, only 70 years had passed since slavery was abolished in brazil. he was a reminder to many of the potential of black people to achieve greatness, and his voice and gravitas were heard long after he stopped playing. during annual visits to brazil, one can still hear football commentary playing in the background, paying tribute to pelé.

Achieved his success through his footballing prowess, and his legacy serves as a reminder of how far brazil has come in its fight for racial justice. though this is not ancient history for brazil, anti-black racism still continues to be rife. pelé never directly engaged in the fight against racism, but his success and influence made it possible for black people to reach international prominence and recognition. brazil and the world mourn the loss of a footballing great, and his legacy will remain for many years to come. he was, and always will be, the king.

By Evey Lovelace

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