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On Friday 23rd August, The V&A presents a special FREE event exploring protest, resistance, rebellion and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement through posters, photographs, music, film and the words of those who lived through these turbulent times.

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr’s iconic speech, they look back at a time when protest was almost a way of life: A time when the refrain ‘Get Up Stand Up – Stand Up For Your Rights’ could not have been more apt as civil rights activism, boycotts, riots and rebellions helped redefine how we thought about the world we lived in and how we could change it for the better.

There will be film screenings, talks incorporating photographs and original protest poster art from this era, poets and performance artists, live music plus a poster making workshop and other activities throughout the museum.

Key contributors on the night include: Richard Gibson, Dorothea Smartt, J.C. Kamau, Sandra Agard, Ajamu X, Ryan Riddington, Fatima Dupres, Jackie Mwanza, Melvin Ashong, Anne-Marie Foster, Victoria Northridge, Anisa Hawes and Matthew Storey.

And, of course, there will be music: In the Grand Entrance DJs Barrie Sharpe (BiG STuFF/Sharpeye) and Mistah Brown (Freespeech!/Tighten Up) will provide a vinyl soundtrack to the evening’s events – exploring 30 years of rebel music in all its forms.

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