Players and staff from Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Arsenal knelt as their matches began.
Match officials also took part, on a night players’ names on shirts were replaced with ‘Black Lives Matter’.
“It shows we’re going in the right direction,” Sterling told Sky Sports.
“Little by little we’re seeing change. It was natural, it was organic. We saw the teams do it in the earlier kick-off and thought it was something we had to do as well.”