On 6 December 1938, William Cooper and a delegation from the Australian Aborigine’s League, marched to the German Consulate in Melbourne to stand up for the Jews of Europe being persecuted under the Nazi regime.
They stood up for the rights of others whilst not having any rights of their own.
Join the William Cooper Legacy Project on the 82nd anniversary to commemorate this momentous occasion – an online event on Sunday 6 December, from 2 – 3.30pm, online event.
To celebrate this day the William Cooper Legacy Project are holding a special event to pay tribute to William Cooper and members of the Australian Aborigine’s League. Hear the stories and enjoy an amazing line up of Australian musicians. Book here.
For more information about William Cooper and curriculum resources the National Museum Australia’s Defining Moments has resources for Civics and Citizenship.
The National Archives of Australia has a link to the letter that he wrote on behalf of the Australian Aborigine’s League to the Minister of the Interior in 1936 requesting:
“Nothing less than the elevation of the race to equality with the white race is entirely satisfactory to the dark folk but everything done to help on the way is deeply appreciated”.
Connecting & Healing
A respectful remembrance of the beginning of a dark period in world history that brought together two peoples who now walk together in solidarity.
On 6 December 1938, a delegation from the Australian Aborigines’ League (AAL) led by Yorta Yorta Elder William Cooper, walked from Footscray to the German Consulate in Melbourne, to lodge a formal protest against Nazi persecution of the Jews of Europe.
Sadly, at this time of a rise in far-right bigotry across society, there is new urgency to educate people about basic Human Rights, role-modelled by the actions of the determined activists of the AAL, who stood up for others whilst not having any rights of their own.
Join us on the 82nd anniversary as we commemorate this momentous occasion – a time for reflection to hear the story paying tribute to William Cooper along with members of the Australian Aboriginies League, and as we Walk Together in solidarity to emulate their values.
Featuring an amazing line-up of Australian legends, including: Kate Ceberano, Lior, Paul Grabowsky, Deborah Cheetham and others.
Program: Lotjbadhan / B’yah’ad / Coming Together
Date: Sunday, 6th December 2020
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Bookings: Online at Humanitix
Tickets: Before the event begins, you will be sent a link.
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