Legacy of Ahmed Exhibition at Central Library 14 Oct – 3 Jan
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of 13 year old Ahmed Iqbal Ullah, murdered in Manchester in 1986 after defending younger Bangladeshi boys from racist bullying. The Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Education Trust – named in his memory – has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to explore ‘The Legacy of Ahmed’, building an oral history and documentary archive that reflects on and commemorates Ahmed’s death and legacy.
The exhibition at Manchester Central Library opens on Ahmed's birthday on 14 October 2016. The exhibition shares the history of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Memorial School built by Ahmed’s mother in their home village in Bangladesh and of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre at the University of Manchester. Alongside these specific projects, the tragic circumstances of Ahmed’s death had an un-recorded ripple effect.
His legacy can also be seen in the work of Ananna – the Bangladeshi Women’s Organisation. For its founder members, Ahmed Iqbal Ullah’s death was a catalyst that brought community members together, highlighting the need for greater cooperation and an organised response to discrimination. A later initiative, the Longsight-Sylhet Link group sought to improve understanding and working practice among professionals serving the Bangladeshi community.
Our project aims to record this history and to provide an opportunity for the many people who remember Ahmed to reflect on his life, to ensure his memory is sustained and to archive and share the positive efforts made in his name in Manchester and in Bangladesh.
This is part of Black History Month Greater Manchester 2016