Interviewing Mr. Danby

“You can’t be friends with everybody, you find friends and enemies”

May 24th, 2012

By H.A. and D.S.

On the 29th of March 2012, our mother tongue English class was delighted to welcome our guest, Mr. Danby to our learning environment. Further developing our knowledge and understanding on the social situation in the United Kingdom during the 1960-70’s, it was  great being able to listen to a secondary source who himself had experienced and participated in the events at the time. For an hour, we were able to deepen our awareness and go back in time as if we were witnessing the events ourselves.

The interview began with a general introduction to the different organizations and groups striking at the time. Mr. Danby informed us that there were different types of people at the time: communists, socialists, feminists, and maximists. The focus of the interview was the Trade Union Congress (TUC). Mr. Danby was a part of the middle class, and he worked his way up to a position in the Trade Union. On his journey to fighting for peace and equality, he had the opportunity to encounter and get to know many interesting people, who he interacted with to make a change. His desire to live a better life kept him motivated to inspire others and constantly fight for what he believes in the numerous strikes he took part in. He used his artistic skills and passion to make posters to raise awareness and educate others about the terrible situation and mistreatment that many people were facing. In addition, Mr. Danby brought along some material such as articles and newspapers as primary sources as a form of evidence. The pieces were highly effective, as they clearly showed what was occurring at the time. It was fascinating to see how the forms of media that he had brought in had such a large impact on the people at the time.

“The Sun newspaper was totally anti-unionist”

said Mr. Danby, as he explained how propaganda affected the mentalities of the population. Despite such media impact, the solidarity between people kept them going. They were willing to take risks and do whatever it took to reach success.

This interview gave a new dimension to Mr. Danby, we no longer see him as just an art teacher whom we all love, but rather as the voice of youth participating in the battle between reality and injustice. It was a privilege

The Seamen’s Strike, Liverpool 1966,

to get a feel of an atmosphere and imagine ourselves in his shoes. What he was before made him who he is today and all of his contributions to the society are much appreciated.

“Fighting for your rights is something to be proud of”, in Mr. Danby’s words.

 “Make poverty history”, said Mr. Danby.

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