Active between 1976 to 1981, Rock Against Racism (RAR) was a ground-breaking movement formed by a collective of musicians and political activists to confront racist ideology in the streets, parks, and town halls of Britain through music. Under the slogan ‘Love Music, Hate Racism’, RAR marked the rising resistance to violent and institutionalised racism.
Photographer Syd Shelton has produced the largest collection of images of the movement, many of which are in Autograph's collection of photography. We've partnered with Imperial Health Charity to display the images in three major London hospitals, to help them tackle systemic issues around perceptions of representation and inclusion in health care settings staffed by and serving highly diverse communities.
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Members of the bands Dambala and Misty in Roots with Tom Robinson perform in the finale of the Militant Entertainment Tour, Alexandra Palace, London 1979
The displays of Rock Against Racism are a collaboration between Imperial Health Charity and Autograph, London. The selection of photographs originally formed part of the touring exhibition Rock Against Racism curated by Mark Sealy, Director of Autograph, and Carol Tulloch, Professor of Dress, Diaspora and Transnationalism at University of the Arts, London.
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