Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

1938 Day of Mourning panel discussion: Fighting for Aboriginal rights

Saturday 26 May 2018 (opening 1:00 PM)

at MCA ( venue info )
140 George St, The Rocks, Sydney NSW

All Ages

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This 2-part panel discussion event reflects on and commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Day of Mourning. 

This historically significant event – the first civil rights protest in Australian history – took place in Sydney on 26 January 1938 to mark the 150th anniversary of the landing of the First Fleet in Australia and to bring awareness of the plight of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to the broader Australian community.

This one-off program will bring together family members of prominent organisers of this landmark event, critical thinkers, artists and community members to consider how the Day of Mourning helped shape and influence an ongoing critical discussion on Aboriginal rights in Australia and further abroad; and drive recognition for change. 

Led by William Cooper, Jack Patten and William Ferguson, the actions that took place on this day inspired generations of activists to fight for their people. They later resulted in the establishment of a national day of celebration and achievement, now known as NAIDOC Week. 

Presented as part of 2018 National Reconciliation Week.

All Ages