Black History Month: Forward to Freedom exhibition

October marks Black History Month in the UK, to celebrate until the end of the month we are currently exhibiting ‘Forward to Freedom’ an exhibition which tells the story of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and its campaigns to support the people of South Africa in their fight against apartheid. The AAM also campaigned for freedom for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola.Oldham Anti-Apartheid photograph

In 1959 the Boycott Movement called for a boycott of South African produce. It grew into a movement of hundred of thousands of people, campaigning for sanctions against South Africa and the release of Nelson Mandela.

The exhibition is part of an education project set up by the Anti-Apartheid Archives Committee that includes an archival website and learning resources. The exhibition also features photographs and documents from our collections of Oldham’s Anti-Apartheid Movement.

To find more pictures and information about the Anti-Apartheid Movement and listen to the stories of people were involved please visit the Anti-Apartheid Movement website.

There are over 40 events, exhibitions, workshops and performances happening throughout Greater Manchester to celebrate Black History Month, to find out what’s on and how to get involved visit the Black History Month Greater Manchester website.

– EvaD Ould-Okojie
Access and Interpretation Officer