Charles Perkins - Brief biography. Aboriginal Activist, Born 1936, Alice Springs NT, Died 2000 The first Aboriginal Australian to graduate from university, Charles Perkins was also one of the most controversial of Indigenous leaders.
As a pioneering Aboriginal spokesman and bureaucrat, his determined and occasionally combative stance and his energetic entrepreneurial and reformist activities, have earned him many enemies as well as admirers. Perkins's involvement in the Freedom Ride through rural New South Wales in the early 1960s played a crucial role in demonstrating that Aboriginal people could begin to stand up for themselves. His work as a public servant in Canberra brought about many advances for Aboriginal people, but also attracted a great deal of criticism, culminating in his eventual sacking by the Hawke Government. This was followed by an inquiry, which cleared him of the charges that were brought against him. This program explores the personal experiences that fuelled his restless energy. Charles Perkins - Download Video. Video on this site requires the QuickTime player version 4.1 or higher which is available free of charge.
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Freedom Ride: 24/02/2015, Behind the News. Fifty years ago a bunch of Sydney uni students made history by travelling around New South Wales on a bus to protest against racial discrimination.
It was called the Freedom Ride and it stood up for Aboriginal people at a time when they weren't given the same rights as other Australians. Now that historic event has been recreated. Here's Tash but first a warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders viewers, this story contains images of people who've died. This was Australia in the 1960s. Colour TV wasn't invented yet and this was the most popular boy band around!
But this guy Charles Perkins wanted to change that. For two weeks they travelled to outback towns and found Aboriginal people living in poor conditions. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. The students that made up SAFA came from many different existing societies including the Australian Labor Party (ALP), the Newman society, the Jewish Students Union and the Civil Liberties Association.
Led by Charles Perkins there were around 35 students that took part in the Freedom Ride. Note: Ages are sometimes approximate, and both age and enrolment in university courses are for February 1965. Charles Perkins 29, third year Arts, Arrernte man, born in Alice Springs, former soccer player, Aboriginal activist, President of SAFA. He was the SAFA spokesman during the Freedom Ride. “The Freedom Ride was probably the greatest and most exciting event I have ever been involved in with Aboriginal affairs” Ann Curthoys 19, third-year Arts, member of the Labor Club Ann’s diary forms the narrative of this exhibition and gives us great insight into the day-by-day activities and experiences of the students during the Freedom Ride.
Jim Spigelman Darce Cassidy Gary Williams Aidan Foy Alan Outhred Alex Mills. Leading the Freedom Ride in 1965 - ABC online education. 00:00:00:00MICHAEL BRISSENDEN:Half a century ago a group of student activists confronted racism in regional New South Wales in what's become known as the Freedom Ride.
The University of Sydney students were led by the late Charles Perkins. Here he explains the motivation.00:00:12:14CHARLES PERKINS:The whole freedom ride is not so much for the white people. My deeper objective was for Aboriginal people to realise, hey listen, second class is not good enough, you know. You don't have to always be first class, but don't always be second class. And don't cop shit, you know, when you don't have to. Charles Perkins campaigns for Aboriginal rights - ABC online education. CHARLES PERKINSMadam Chairman, ladies.
It's my pleasure, of course, to be here today to address you on a question that you all may be reasonably unaware of, you don't really know the full facts about. And I hope that I can, in this short space of 20-25 minutes or a little more, give you some idea on what are the problems involved as far as Aboriginal people are concerned here in Australia, and the possibilities of solutions to these problems.CHARLES PERKINSFirstly, the Aborigines are an Australoid people racially, of Australoid stock. They were supposed to have come from southern India about 20,000 years ago and inhabited this continent.