21 Years of Activism!

On 9th February 2020 the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre celebrated the 21st anniversary of its launch in 1999.

The Centre was founded in 1989 by Lou Kushnick, and officially opened in 1999 at the University Precinct Centre, Devonshire House, Manchester. Several important individuals attended the launch along with Lou, including Ahmed’s mother and sister, and staff from the University of Manchester and City Council.

Launch of the AIU Centre, 1999 (image: AIU Centre)
Lou Kushnick can be seen on the back row, on the right.

After several new locations, staff and collections, the AIU Centre found its latest home in Central Library – where it continues to educate, represent, archive, and empower.

This year, we will be celebrating our 21st birthday with the theme of 21 Years of Activism, which will include several events throughout the year including workshops, performances, talks and exhibitions. Keep an eye on our Events page for more details.

We’d like to thank everyone who has worked, volunteered, supported and advocated for us, and played a role in our 21 years so far. Here’s to many more!