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AAM history symposium

Report of a symposium on the history of the Anti-Apartheid Movement held at South Africa House, London on 25-26 June 1999. The symposium included contributions from Baroness Barbara Castle, Abdul Minty and Lord Bob Hughes, former Hon. Secretary and Chair of the AAM, Professor Shula Marks, Stuart Hall, South African High Commissioner Cheryl Carolus, Peter Katjavivi, former SWAPO representative, UN Centre against Apartheid Director E S Reddy, Victoria Brittain, Patsy Robertson and South African Cabinet Minister Kader Asmal. It marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of the AAM.

pic7410. March calling for independence for the Portuguese colonies

Thousands marched through London in support of the liberation movements in Mozambique, Angola and Guinea Bissau on 16 June 1974. They were celebrating the overthrow of Portuguese dictator Marcello Caetano in April 1974 and the victory of the armed struggle in Portugal’s African colonies.  The main speaker at the demonstration was FRELIMO leader Mariano Matsinhe. In the photo (left to right) are Jack Collins, General Secretary of the Kent Area of the National Union of Mineworkers, AAM Hon. Secretary Abdul Minty and Tony Gifford, Chair of the Committee for Freedom in Mozambique, Angola and Guiné.

ar32. Extraordinary General Meeting, June 1994

The AAM held an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on 25 June 1994, at which it agreed to transform itself into a new movement of solidarity with the peoples of Southern Africa. Members agreed that the new organisation would campaign for justice and peace across the whole of Southern Africa and address the legacy of apartheid. It resolved that the new organisation would have an explicit anti-racist and anti-sexist strategy. It was agreed that the new organisation would be launched, and the AAM would be dissolved, at a further meeting on 29 October 1994.

AA News January 1965

The Anti-Apartheid Movement’s monthly newspaper was launched in January 1965. First published as ‘Apartheid News’, its title was changed in February 1966 to ‘Anti-Apartheid News’. The first issue set out the AAM’s aims for 1965, reported on trials under South Africa’s Terrorism Act and carried news of the activities of anti-apartheid activists all over Britain. It included a short play by jazz singer George Melly and reported on the setting up of a new group, Merseyside Artists Against Apartheid. 

AA News February 1965

This issue exposed the Labour government’s failure to impose an effective arms ban on South Africa and outlined the AAM’s campaign plans, culminating in a dramatic presentation of life under apartheid and mass rally in Trafalgar Square in June 1965. It reported on how Bram Fischer had jumped bail in his trial under the Suppression of Communism Act and carried an exposé of South Africa’s segregated health care system.

AA News March-April 1965

AA News argued that the imposition of sanctions against South Africa was the only way to forestall race war in the Southern African region. This edition also reported on the World Campaign for the Release of Political Prisoners and the prospects for Britain’s three Southern Africa protectorates on the eve of their independence. It highlighted protests against visits by all-white South African sports teams and church action against apartheid.

AA News May 1965

This issue featured South West Africa (Namibia) and attacks on South African trade unions. It published a timetable for protests against the 1965 Springbok cricket tour and an article by British trade union leader Jack Jones on sanctions against South Africa.

AA News June 1965

The lead story in the June 1965 issue featured white emigration from Britain to South Africa. The edition advertised the AAM’s June rally in Trafalgar Square and explained the history of South Africa Freedom Day, 26 June. It also carried features on South Africa’s segregated education system and the apartheid economy. Under the headline ‘Jazz Quartet Hits London’, AA News welcomed Dudu Pukwana, Chris McGregor and their fellow jazz musicians to London.