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A new exhibition telling the story of how the people of Dundee campaigned against apartheid will be on show at Dundee Central Library, 28 April to 20 May. Dundee was one of nine British local authorities that made Nelson Mandela an honorary freeman. Tickets for the exhibition launch event at the Steps Theatre on 28 April are available 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. Watch this space for news of ongoing activities.

Bob Hughes picLord Bob Hughes, former Chair of the AAM and President of ACTSA (Action for Southern Africa) died aged 90 on 7 January 2022. He made an enormous contribution to the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa, and was respected and loved by all who knew him. A celebration of his life took place at the South African High Commission, 6–7.30pm on Tuesday 26 April. You can join the event here 

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Former activists tell their stories


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.