This Slavery Remembrance Day, join International Slavery Museum Young Ambassadors and artist Hwa Young Jung (http://slyrabbit.net/) of Re-Dock (http://re-dock.org/) to find out more about civil rights movements in Britain and the USA and try out their ‘Civil Rights and Freedom Fights’ card game. Here, project artist Hwa Young Jung discusses the process of creating the game.
‘I was asked by International Slavery Museum to work with their Young Ambassadors on a project exploring the importance of fighting and campaigning for civil rights. I’m an artist working with people to co-create projects, usually games to explore serious issues. I find games a soft approach to confronting weighty matters, and the relaxed social atmosphere of playing is conductive to learning new ideas and perspectives.
The Ambassadors, who range in age from 16-19 worked together to create the pack of 28 cards, debating about which activists and objects should be included in the game. Over three sessions spread across four months, the Ambassadors, Education team and I met on Saturday afternoons to view the exhibitions, handle objects from the museums’ collection and discuss the importance of fighting for equality. In particular, the group felt it was important to celebrate the work of often overlooked or lesser-known activists, particularly in Britain.
The game provides meaningful information on the people, events, movements and artefacts that significantly impacted the fight for Civil Rights, in an accessible and enjoyable way. Essentially, the game aims to provide an engaging way to confront the history of racial injustice and highlight the need to fight against it. As International Slavery Museum Ambassador Lois South says
“Civil Rights & Freedom Fights provides endless inspiration by highlighting the variety of skills and methods used by activists to fight injustice. So, whether you are a great intellectual like W.E.B. Du Bois or a soulful singer like Nina Simone, you too can stand up for what you believe in and fight for what’s right.”
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