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Dr Richard Benjamin’s New Year wish: “A world free from discrimination and hate…”

23 December 2013 by Dickie

A photo of famous Black faces on a wall at the Museum

Nelson Mandela is on the Museum’s Black Achievers Wall. Photo copyright Lee Garland

The Long Walk continues.  Hello, it is always hard to write the final blog of the year.   Like previous years for the Museum, 2013 has been a bit of a whirlwind.   Read more…

Mandela: African necklace as act of defiance

16 December 2013 by Zachary

Beaded necklace

Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela, freedom fighter and former President of South Africa, was returned to his ancestral home of Qunu yesterday for a burial ceremony that was broadcast all over the world.

When Nelson Mandela appeared for sentencing in the South African Supreme Court on charges of treason in 1962, he wore a traditional Xhosa beaded costume as an expression of contempt and resistance against the illegitimate proceedings against him. This was captured in a famous picture by Eli Weinberg.

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