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Liverpool will celebrate Mandela Day 18 July with a week-long programme of celebrations, including a children's parade down Princes Boulevard, civic reception, conversation with the Mandela family, gala dinner, culminating in a  Freedom Festival on 23 July in Princes Park. The week has been organised by the Mandela8 project. Full details here

pic8843A new education resource from the London Recruits tells the story of some of the young people who went to South Africa undercover to support the anti-apartheid freedom struggle. It also presents an illustrated history of the above-ground Anti-Apartheid Movement with activities and thought-provoking questions for school students. The pack was sponsored by the National Education Union. You can access it here

The project to set up a new Centre of Memory Learning in the former ANC London office at 28 Penton Street, Islington has taken a big step forward with the award of a £250,000 Heritage Lottery Fund development grant. The Centre will showcase anti-apartheid campaigning to stimulate action against injustice, racism and inequality. Join CML at the Black Cultural Archives on 18 July Mandela Day. Details here

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Former activists tell their stories

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A significant part of this project was to record the experiences of former activists in Britain. Jerry Dammers formed the Specials in Coventry in 1977.

An anti-apartheid activist from his school days he helped start Artists Against Apartheid in the UK to campaign and help enforce the cultural boycott.

He wrote the song, Free Nelson Mandela, which became an international hit and helped raise awareness of the plight of Mandela and political prisoners in South Africa.

You can hear him talk about writing the song.

 

Learn about the history of the Anti-Apartheid Movement

pic6404In 1964 Marlon Brando asked film directors, actors and producers to forbid the screening of their films before segregated audiences in South Africa on a visit to London.

In this photograph he is at a press conference with the Anti-Apartheid Movement’s Hon. Secretary Abdul Minty.

The Rolling Stones broke off negotiations for a South African tour and the Beatles announced they opposed apartheid.

Read more about this history starting with the Boycott Movement in 1959, through the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.