“I don’t want to be judged by the colour of my skin but the content of my character.” Three role models; Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela share that shared this statement.
An exhibition about these men who led extraordinary movements against racial discrimination and social injustice. Gandhi, King and Mandela became role models around the world but also drew fierce criticism and opposition. Although it is a small exhibition I think the message about these men is highlighted well. You learn more about important moments in their fight against injustice and will be amazed at what they have gone through. Like how Gandhi was thrown out of a train while traveling in South Africa and was not seen as a lawyer because of the colour of his skin and therefore could not travel 1st class. How Mandela used his imprisonment as a way to educate himself and fellow prisoners more instead of fighting against the system that forced them to do hard labor not for 6months as was said but for 13 years. And how Martin Luther King was one of the leaders in the Montgomery Bus Boycot. Unfortunately today we still live in a society where hate against each other is frequent. I believe we shouldn’t stop dreaming! Because we shall overcome hate.
When in Amsterdam you must visit the Nieuwe Kerk at Dam Square where the exhibition about the men that profoundly influenced the course of the twentieth century is shown. You can visit the exhibition “We have a dream” until the 4th of February 2018 in the Nieuwe Kerk.