The Vanishing Blackboard, Fade to Black
“I used my blackboard to list a few key questions we should all ask.”
Ask the powerful five questions:
- What power have you got?
- Where did you get it from?
- In whose interests do you exercise it?
- To whom are you accountable?
- How can we get rid of you?
Only democracy gives us that right.
That is why no-one with power likes democracy.
And that is why every generation must struggle to win it and keep it — including you and me, here and now.
Glenda Jackson MP
Actress and politician
“For me one of the most heartbreaking responses I get campaigning is when a woman will say, ‘Oh, I never vote.’ Women died to give us this right. Obviously I’d like all women to vote Labour, but even more importantly, whomsoever you select, vote, vote, vote.”
Women + Suffragists + Courage + Struggle + Determination = Right to Vote
Use it, don’t lose it.
Journalist and broadcaster
Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University
“One is tempted in 2005 to consider Africa as our first responsibility – certainly it is my first love – but then if our global environment fails, what of Africa, what of us?”
Jon Snow’s blackboard is a recently-acquired object in the collection of the Museum. Such blackboard globes would have been used in 20th-century geography classrooms.
Global warming — our gravest responsibility.