‘Liverpool 8 Against Apartheid’ exhibition launches

Original article and more images available at the National Museums Liverpool website here.

Nelson Mandela’s importance to Liverpool is huge. In Toxteth, Liverpool 8, Mandela remains a highly significant role model to the community. In the 1980s Liverpool 8 was tireless in its support of the anti-apartheid struggle through demos, product boycotts, park runs and the Free Nelson Mandela Campaign.

Apartheid (apartness) was a brutal system of racial segregation and white supremacy in South Africa. The world-wide anti-apartheid movement grew throughout the ’60s ’70s and ’80s in its support for Black South Africans and other minority groups living under this oppressive system. This support was inspired by figures like Nelson Mandela, whose eventual rise from political prisoner to the first Black President of South Africa, turned him into a global icon for freedom and equality.

Through this display, which will open when the Museum of Liverpool re-opens, you can discover some of the strong connections between the city’s Black community, Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement.

This display is part of the Museum of Liverpool’s Our City, Our Stories programme, a partnership programme which enables local people to represent their own interpretation of the museum’s themes and objects. This display was created in partnership with the Mandela8 group.

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Sonia Bassey MBE has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievers prize at this year’s National Diversity Awards.

The Chair of both Mandela8 and Africa Oyé will be recognised at a black-tie ceremony in Liverpool next year, showcasing organisations’ and individuals’ outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in their field.

The National Diversity Awards – in association with ITV News – celebrates the achievements of grass-root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving charities, role models and community heroes recognition for their dedication and hard work.

Growing up in the vibrant and active L8 area of Liverpool, Sonia became an entrepreneur at just 19 when she established herself as a community artist and director of her own business, which she still runs today. She now works as Director of Public Sector Transformation for Cheshire and Warrington, leading transformation of services across the sub region.

As well as chairing the Board of Trustees at Mandela8, Sonia is also Chair of Africa Oyé – the UK’s largest celebration of African music and culture, which takes place annually in Liverpool.

Sonia has also previously served as Chair for the Merseyside Black History Month Group and in 2017 was awarded an MBE for services to the community in Liverpool.

Sonia Bassey MBE, said:

“I come from a community that was written off by many institutions locally and its image destroyed by media perception nationally and around the world. A place where I and many of my peers were also written off. Yet I am here today celebrating having come this far in the National Diversity Awards. This is important, not only to me, but to young people who believe there is no hope for them. There is; you can aspire, you can achieve and you can be whoever you want to be. Dream big and there are people like me who have lived in your shoes here to support you.”

Dawn Morris of Mandela8, said:

“Sonia has such a heart for people and diversity and the values we have at Mandela8 are at the core of her spirit. Sonia is passionate about helping to bring an end to racial injustice and building a future filled with hope, especially for young people. Sonia’s nomination for this award is extremely well deserved and we at Mandela8 wish her all the very best on the awards night.”

The National Diversity Awards ceremony will take place on 26th February 2021 at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool. More information and tickets to the awards can be found at https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk

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Mandela8 Community Heritage Project Manager

£22,500 (90 days @ £250)
12 month fixed term

We are seeking to appoint a freelance individual or organisation to undertake a major piece of work, uncovering and revealing key elements of Liverpool 8’s community heritage with a particular focus on activism during the years of the anti-apartheid struggles and on local people’s connections to with Grade 2 listed Princes Park.

The successful candidate will work closely with individuals, schools, youth and community groups, housing and faith groups, cultural organisations and National Museums Liverpool and our Young Media Group Project Manager when appointed to develop and disseminate stories of heritage, legacy and education.

We are looking for someone who is friendly and approachable, self-motivated and productive and able to demonstrate they have an appreciation of the culture and heritage of Liverpool 8 and a commitment to ensuring community voices are heard.

Please email all applications to mandelaliverpool8@gmail.com

Deadline for applications: 8th May 2020

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