Our Archives+ partners at the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre have a great new post on their blog so we thought we’d share it with you!

Reading Race, Collecting Cultures

Our archive volunteer Helen has uncovered a fascinating story about women confronting racism in 1970s Manchester…

wall newspaper
Decades before Facebook and Twitter allowed people who had never met to communicate anonymously, a group of women from Manchester decided to use a real life ‘wall’ to gather views from local people on the subject of racism. The women, from Longsight and Levenshulme, were united by their opposition to the National Front, a right-wing, racist organisation that was responsible for preaching racial hatred and carrying out violent attacks on members of Britain’s ethnic minority communities. On discussing how to react to a planned National Front march in the city, the women came up with the idea of a ‘wall newspaper’ where they could get local people to air their views on the National Front. The wall newspaper was put up in Longsight’s main shopping street. According to the women:

This was only a few days…

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