25 Jun

Anton de Kom Lecture 2023 by Akwasi


On Tuesday, June 27, 2023, Akwasi will provide the annual Anton de Kom Lecture.

He will discuss resistance, the current state of the Netherlands and why radical change is sometimes necessary. In doing so, he looks back on what happened to him in the debate and also looks to the future. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with Cees van de Laan, editor-in-chief of Trouw.

The Anton de Kom Lecture is an initiative of the Resistance Museum and newspaper Trouw. The annual lecture draws attention to the fight against intolerance and discrimination and to the history of minority groups and their position in Dutch society. Anton de Kom (1898-1945) fought against colonial oppression in Suriname and was active in the Netherlands during World War II in the resistance against Nazi Germany. He died in a concentration camp in 1945.

Akwasi, born in Amsterdam in 1988 as Akwasi Owusu Ansah, is a performer, writer and an opinion leader in the debate on racism and slavery. He is known for his involvement in social issues and his commitment to equality and social justice. A staunch activist, Akwasi has taken part in numerous demonstrations, raising his voice against racism and discrimination. In 2020 he founded Omroep Zwart, a media platform that strives for diversity and inclusion in the Dutch media.

Anton de Kom Lecture, Resistance Museum Amsterdam, Plantage Kerklaan 61, 1018 CX Amsterdam; Tuesday, June 27, 2023, starting at 7:30 p.m.; entry 7:00 pm.

Admission: €20 or €10 for Friends of the Resistance Museum, readers of the newspaper Trouw and holders of Museumkaart and Stadspas.

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