Fighting Apartheid & Racial Injustice: the story of 28 Penton Street

15 June 2021

19:00 - 20:00

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Cally Clock Tower Centre & The Liliesleaf Trust UK are partnering to celebrate Refugee Week 2021 & this year’s theme “We Cannot Walk Alone”


About Refugee Week 2021
Cally Clock Tower Centre and The Liliesleaf Trust UK are partnering to celebrate Refugee Week 2021 and this year’s theme, “We Cannot Walk Alone”. These words, taken from Martin Luther King Jr’s historic ‘I have a dream’ speech, reverberate with the power and importance of collective, inclusive effort for transformation. Martin Luther King Jr was addressing multi-racial allyship as a critical component in the Black-led civil rights movement in 1960s America. Allyship takes many forms and was also central to the dismantling of apartheid; within South Africa and internationally. Islington has a rich history of collaborative action against injustice. When we show solidarity with each other, take action, fight injustice, listen, share resources and networks we create deeper and longer-lasting change than can often be created alone.

28 Penton Street, Islington

About the Talk
Caroline Kamana, Project Director for The Liliesleaf Trust UK will be talking about the development of the new Centre of Memory and Learning within the former headquarters of the African National Congress at 28 Penton Street, Islington dedicated to the heritage of the South African liberation struggle, international solidarity with the cause, the UK’s central role within this world-changing history and contemporary discourse around social (in)justice, inclusion and multi-racial collaboration for social transformation. 28 Penton Street is an historic site that embodies the solidarity between the people of Britain and international migrants who have sought refuge here. She will be talking about some of the people who ‘walked together’ – those South Africans who came in political exile, to seek refuge and/or advocate for change and British activists who collaborated – in Islington and beyond, to make change happen.

Dulcie September. Image courtesy of Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives

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