Rock Against Racism emerged in 1976 as a political and cultural movement in reaction to a rise in racist attacks on the streets of the United Kingdom. From 1976 to 1982, the activists behind the movement organized festivals and tours, local gigs, and clubs throughout the country to bring together music fans of all races to discourage young people from embracing racism.
To kick off the movement, 100,000 people marched six miles to Trafalgar Square to Victoria Park in London for an open air concert featuring acts such as The Clash, Steel Pulse, Tom Robinson Band, and others in April of 1978, thus solidifying one of the biggest music-fosuced anti-racism efforts to date.
Rock Against Racism is a non-profit organization consisting of a collective of musicians, artists, and music industry leaders continuing the crucial work of combating modern day racism.
OUR THREE PILLARS IN ACHIEVING OUR MISSION OF UNITY THROUGH MUSIC TO INSPIRE CHANGE:
By bringing together musical acts of all genres and backgrounds, we hope to inspire and show the world that there can be unity through the power of music with our livestream and in-person concerts.
By empowering and cultivating change in today’s youth, we continue making anti-racism of any marginalized group an important part of the learning process and conversation by partnering with anti-racist educational programs and offering music education scholarships to children in underserved communities.
By encouraging broader responsibility throughout the music industry, we hope to see a trickle-down effect of anti-racism that seeps into people’s homes, on their screens, in their headphones, and on the streets by inspiring community activism and anti-racism messaging.
Photography Credit: Syd Shelton & Ray Stevenson (White Riot)
Rock Against Racism is a fiscally sponsored project of The Giving Back Fund, a 501(c)(3).