Muhammad Ali and Red Dwarf’s Lister among action figures displayed at International Slavery Museum

Posted on 16 May 2016
By Khyle Deen
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Interesting in seeing action figures of Nelson Mandela and Mr T? How about a board game based on the Harlem Globetrotters?

Afro Supa Hero is an exhibition that highlights the importance of icons, heroes and role models in fighting racism and discrimination through the years, it’s now open at the International Slavery Museum.

The exhibition shows off some cool action figures f real-life icons including Muhammad Ali, Dr. Martin Luther King, JR and Nelson Mandela, they sit alongside pop culture figures such as Mr. T and Red Dwarf’s Lister, who was played by Liverpool actor Craig Charles.

Independent creative director Jon Daniel owns the collection, he’s amassed more than 100 items of memorabilia over the past 22 years, comics, action figures and games are among his haul.

Jon said: “Growing up in suburban Britain in the 1960s and 70s, there weren’t many positive Black roles models or cultural icons to identify with. Instead, I looked to the African Caribbean culture of my family, and the African American culture of the US.”

Stephen Carl Lokko, Curator at International Slavery Museum, said: “Afro Supa Hero is both retrospective and bang up to date. In this wide-ranging exhibition, visitors will see Marvel characters including Luke Cage and the Falcon, ahead of new film and TV releases later in the year.”

Afro Supa Hero opened at International Slavery Museum on Friday 13 May, and will continue to run until Sunday 11 December.