NEWS: Love Music Hate Racism revives Rock Against Racism with eLearning resources and 20th Anniversary Crisis Music Tour 2

NEWS: Love Music Hate Racism revives Rock Against Racism with eLearning resources and 20th Anniversary Crisis Music Tour

Love Music Hate Racism has produced six anti-racist eLearning resources for children and young people ahead of UN Anti-Racism Day. The online educational resources demonstrate music’s important role in challenging racism and other forms of prejudice.

The videos include ‘Reggae Panther Pride’, an accessible retelling of the story of Love Music Hate Racism’s predecessor Rock Against Racism, for primary school children. The story utilises the metaphor of punk and reggae panthers to highlight the fact that our differences enrich each other lives and are not something to be feared. Reggae Panther Pride provides teachers across Britain with a resource to spark a conversation around discrimination and creative ways to challenge it. It was produced by the animation team Frabjuice, with illustration by Tim Sanders and writing and narration by Imaan Cochrane. Watch here:

Zak Cochrane, Love Music Hate Racism campaigner, says, “Rock Against Racism is fondly remembered by a generation in Britain who understood the key role it played in uniting black and white youth amidst a climate of racial prejudice and the growth of the far-right. It is a crucial piece of social history in Britain that needs to be learned by future generations.”

The five additional eLearning resources represent a partnership between Love Music Hate Racism and veteran grime artist Manga St Hilare. The short clips highlight the effects of  racism and how music has helped to overcome this. They feature narration from leading  musicians, including Nova Twins, Keyon HarroldBluey bandleader of IncognitoSans  Soucis and spoken word artist Lion Heart. Each clip has been individually animated by  Manga St Hilare and is supplemented by teaching notes to assist educators with prompts to  facilitate workshops exploring issues raised in each video.

Manga St Hilare says, “I think it’s very important for young people to know some  experiences they might go through. They’re not alone. Sharing these stories, they can see that  there is light at the end of the tunnel and those moments won’t define who they become.”

Love Music Hate Racism eLearning resources were made possible via a crowdfunding  project last year. The antiracist campaign group is celebrating its 20th anniversary by  organising a ‘Crisis Music Tour’ alongside the Musicians UnionMusic Venues Trust and  trade union branches across Britain. The tour, taking place in towns and cities across Britain  beginning this month, seeks to unite people in solidarity with those fighting back in various  struggles, from trade unionists to antiracists, to LGBTQ+ and climate justice activists.

Education resources can be viewed here:

Crisis Music Tour venues and cities:

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