50 years since introduction of Race Relations Act

Pioneers of the 1965 Race Relations Act pictured with original legislation in House of Lords

Key figures in the instigation of the 1965 Race Relations Act, as well as those involved in the ongoing fight for equalities are pictured in the House of Lords, along with the original version of the Act itself.

L-R: Lord Ouseley, established the Kick it Out campaign to eliminate racism in football, Baroness Prashar, Conciliation Officer for the Race Relations Board 1972-76, Chief Executive of race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust from 1976 – 1984, Sadiq Khan MP, former Human Rights solicitor and first ever BAME MP to join Labour’s Shadow Cabinet and Lord Lester, founding member of the Campaign Against Racial Discrimination and prominent campaigner for the 1965 Race Relations Act. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor
Rt Hon. Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC, first black female QC and former Member of the Commission for Racial Equality. ©UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

As part of Parliament’s commemorations for the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Race Relations Act, the original Act will be on display in the House of Lords until 31 January 2016.

Visitors to the Houses of Parliament will be able to view it as part of the tour route.

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