Black History at the People's History Museum

Ref: C3840414

This course for Black History Month charts how black people have played a decisive role in the struggles; for emancipation from slavery; the development of the workers movement; resistance to racism and to fascism. A study of the influence of the Chartist leader William Cuffay; the revolutionary CLR James; the Grunwick strike leader Jayaben Desai, and the radical Darcus Howe. A focus on the historical documents from the 1981 'uprising' in Moss Side, and the 'murder in the playground' of Ahmed Iqbal Ullah.

Additional information about this course

No specific qualifications are necessary to attend this course, just an interest in the subject.

Course aim

An exploration of the history and politics of key struggles against racism

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • know more of past struggles against racism and discrimination
  • appreciate the key role of black leadership
  • demonstrate an understanding of the politics of 'Black History'

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • At the People's History Museum a tour of the galleries, and a viewing of 'No Bed of Roses - Gabrielle's Journey from the Caribbean to Manchester'. A presentation from the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Printed handouts provided, web links circulated.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Black History at the People's History Museum


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