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BRICK LANE 1978
THE TURNING POINT 

04 MAY 1978
A young Bangladeshi garment worker is found dead near Brick Lane; yet another  racially-motivated attack endured by the Asian population of East London. This time however, things are different. The brutal murder of Altab Ali mobilises a community. It is time to take action.

14 MAY 1978
7,000 Bengalis march from Brick Lane to Downing Street behind Ali’s coffin, in an  unprecedented uprising against racist far-right groups. Their actions represent a turning point in resistance against racial discrimination. East London will change for good.

 

BRICK LANE 1978: THE TURNING POINT is a major new heritage project exploring the May 1978 anti-racist uprising organised by the Bengali community around Brick Lane.

With the help of local volunteers and original activists, Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point investigates how and why this watershed moment unfolded.

Renowned documentary photographer Paul Trevor captured the protests. His iconic images offer a powerful catalyst for identifying and gathering accounts from those involved at the time.

The aim is to create a vital record of May 1978 as told by local people.

An extensive collection of oral history interviews will be made publicly accessible alongside Paul Trevor’s never-before-seen photographs.

The project will also produce a short documentary film, touring exhibition, public events programme and school’s study pack.

 

 

GET INVOLVED

We need talented volunteers to bring this project to life. Gain skills, get inspired and shed light on this historic moment.

04 October 2019 

Project Launch:  Join us for the project kick off. Discover the story of Brick Lane 1978 and find out how you can get involved in documenting this watershed moment.

17.00 - 20.00, FOUR CORNERS, 121 ROMAN ROAD, E2 0QN

October 2019 - May 2020 

Research: Delve into a collection of never-before-seen photographs by Paul Trevor documenting the May 1978 anti-racist protests around Brick Lane. Use these images to research, identify and contact the activists that made the protests happen. 

Interview: Get trained up in oral history interview techniques and record interviews with some of the activists identified in Paul Trevor’s photographs.

February 2020 - July 2020 

Film: Help to produce a documentary film about the May 1978 protests

Interested? Get in touch. 

 

PARTNERS

Brick Lane 1978: The Turning Point is a collaborative project run by Four Corners and Swadhinata Trust, in partnership with Paul Trevor.

This project has been made possible by the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

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