Separate is not equal: The struggle against separate schooling in America

  • Location: Slave Lodge
  • From: May 1, 2010     To: May 31, 2010
Separate is not equal: The struggle against separate schooling in America

The exhibition deals with segregation in schools in the United States during the 1960s. Using personal experiences, informative texts, images, a map of the United States indicating the locations of five significant court cases involving the issue of segregated schools, classroom desks, and a timeline, this exhibition raises visitors’ awareness of the struggle of African Americans against separate schooling. The parallels with Apartheid in South Africa are obvious.

Audiovisual material enhances the experience. Strange Fruit, sung by Billy Holiday, mourns the shameful lynchings of the South. You will meet Reverend De Laine and his family, victims and survivors of the struggle. Watch Martin Luther King Jr delivering his famous "I have a dream" speech  and write your comments on the chalkboard.

Separate is not Equal is a partnership between Iziko Museums of Cape Town, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, the United States Consulates in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and the Smithsonian Institute.

An education tour of the exhibition is highly recommended for social science/ history learners, grades 7–12. To book contact Lungi, Tel. 021 481 3823.

Exhibition enquiries: Thijs van der Merwe, Tel. +27 021 467 7201 or email tvandermerwe@iziko.org.za

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