Lumumba in 2015
|Nickname(s)||Harry, H, Tier|
|Date of birth||15 November 1986|
|Place of birth||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Original team(s)||Claremont Football Club (WAFL)|
|Draft||No. 20, 2005 rookie draft|
Round 18, 2005, Collingwood|
vs. Fremantle, at MCG
|Height||188 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (194 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Héritier Lumumba (born 15 November 1986) (formerly known as Harry O'Brien) is a Brazilian-born Australian former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Collingwood Football Club and Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).
The 188 cm Lumumba played most of his football as a medium defender. He was picked up with pick 21 in the 2004 AFL Rookie Draft by Collingwood, and made his debut in Round 18 of 2005 against Fremantle at the MCG. He kicked a goal against the Kangaroos shortly after his debut, and did enough to be retained on the rookie list. In 2006 Harry showed more improvement and was elevated to the senior list again during the year, this time due to the absence of Sean Rusling, playing a total of 9 games.
He played in numbers 43, 30 and his final number 8. In 2010 he won All-Australian honours playing off the half-back flank. He was instrumental in Collingwood's 2010 grand final replay win over St Kilda and kicked a long goal from the boundary line late in the game.
On 15 October 2014, after issues with the club and management, Lumumba and Collingwood agreed to part ways and he joined the Melbourne Football Club in a three-club deal with Mitch Clark going to Geelong and Travis Varcoe joining Collingwood.
Lumumba missed the round one match against Greater Western Sydney in 2016, before playing the next five matches; he missed the remainder of the season after suffering from concussion symptoms. Despite being cleared to train by Melbourne doctors, he did not return to pre-season training in November after being advised to retire by several specialists. He retired from AFL football in December.
Lumumba was born to a Brazilian mother and a Congolese-Angolan father in Rio de Janeiro, and moved to Melbourne, Australia when he was 3 years old. He was raised by his Australian stepfather and was 19 years old when he was reunited with his father, after spending 13 years apart. He supported the Essendon Bombers as a child, with his family owning a pet dog named Sheedy after the long-time Essendon coach, Kevin Sheedy.
He went to school at Rossmoyne Primary from 1994–99, and also went to Rossmoyne Senior High School.
Lumumba’s surname was changed to O'Brien when he was 9 years old and was given the nickname ‘Harry’ shortly after, and became known as Harry O’Brien. In December 2013, he changed his surname back to Lumumba and discontinued the use of the nickname ‘Harry’, citing his journey of decolonization as the reason for the change.
In 2017, the documentary Fair Game was released about Heritier's life, and experience of racism while playing professional football. He called the culture at Collingwood a “boys’ club for racist and sexist jokes” and stated his teammates nicknamed him 'chimp', a term with a strong history of connotations as a racial slur against Black people.He stood up to the racism and continues to do so.
Lumumba became the AFL’s first multicultural ambassador and worked to engage migrant communities through football. He was AFL’s multicultural ambassador from 2006-2013. In 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard recognized Lumumba as one of the People of Australia Ambassadors. He was also made the ambassador to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Australia in June 2011. He attracted criticism and public outrage when his desire to meet Barack Obama during his proposed visit to Australia, in 2010, was reported in the media.
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Honours and achievements
Lumumba published a book in 2014 called It's Cool to be Conscious, that includes personal stories from his life, both on and off the field.
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- Lane, Samantha; Gleeson, Michael (4 October 2008). "Swan named Magpies' best". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 23 August 2009.
- Ryan, Peter (15 October 2014). "Clark a Cat, three-way deal sees Varcoe join Magpies". AFL.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
- Burgan, Matt (4 April 2015). "Lumumba cherishes win in 200th". MelbourneFC.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
- Raplh, Jon (6 November 2016). "Heritier Lumumba ready to return for Melbourne in 2017 after concussion ruined 2016". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- Ryan, Peter (21 November 2016). "Lumumba still not training as concussion lingers". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- Warner, Michael (21 December 2016). "Heritier Lumumba retires from AFL following medical advice over concussion issues". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
- Gleeson, Michael (12 February 2008). "African journey helps O'Brien". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 12 February 2008.
- Warner, Michael (11 March 2009). "Pies confirm tragic loss". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 23 August 2009.
- Rielly, Stephen (6 December 2013). "Harry reclaims his birth name: Heritier Lumumba". Collingwoodfc.com.au. BigPond. Retrieved 6 December 2013.
- Holmes, Tracy. "Heritier Lumumba: How he shed the game and the name that once defined him". ABC News. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- "Lumumba slams Pies as 'racist, sexist boys' club'". The West Australian. 19 August 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
- "Heritier Lumumba Collingwood, documentary, Eddie McGuire, Nathan Buckley". Fox Sports. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
- "The man who stood up to Eddie McGuire". SBS Guide. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
- Muling, Elizabeth. "Harry talks multiculturalism in AFL". Collingwood FC. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
- Phelan, Jennifer. "O'hAilpin, Carlile sign up as multicultural ambassadors". AFL.com. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
- Ferguson, John. "Gillard names Collingwood star local champion". The Australian. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
- "Humble Harry recognised for multiculturalism work". ABC News. Retrieved 18 January 2012.
- Blake, Martin. "Dalai Lama kicks goal on Harry O". The Age. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- "Harry O'Brien, the thinking man's AFL player". The Age. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
- Lumumba, Héritier (29 May 2014). It's Cool to be Conscious. Hay House. ISBN 978-1-40193-851-2.
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