Free Mandela

pic7809. Mandela’s 60th birthday

Labour MPs outside South Africa House on Nelson Mandela’s 60th  birthday on 18 July 1978. The Embassy refused to accept a birthday card signed by British politicians and trade unionists. In the photo are MPs Joan Lestor, Barbara Castle and Bob Hughes, Chairman of the Anti-Apartheid Movement.

po059. Free Nelson Mandela

Poster advertising a rally on South Africa Freedom Day, 26 June 1980, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Freedom Charter. The rally was organised by an umbrella group, the South Africa Freedom Day Committee, and the main speaker was ANC Secretary-General Alfred Nzo. The ANC declared 1980 the ‘Year of the Charter’ and the AAM distributed thousands of copies of the Freedom Charter during the year.

mda43. ‘Free Nelson Mandela!’ leaflet

In 1980 the AAM circulated a declaration calling for the release of Nelson Mandela, signed by trade unions, politicians, academics and playwrights. It distributed badges, leaflets and stickers calling for Mandela’s release, in response to a campaign launched inside South Africa. Thousands of this leaflet were circulated as part of the campaign.

mda04. ‘Free Nelson Mandela!’ postcard

In 1980 the AAM circulated a declaration calling for the release of Nelson Mandela, signed by trade unions, politicians, academics and playwrights. It distributed thousands of badges, leaflets and stickers calling for Mandela’s release, in response to a campaign launched inside South Africa. More than 5,000 copies of this postcard were sent to the South African Sunday Post, which backed the South African campaign.

po060. ‘Free Nelson Mandela!’, 1980

Poster produced for the AAM campaign for freedom for Nelson Mandela in response to a petition launched by the South African Sunday Post in 1980. A declaration calling for Mandela’s release was endorsed by MPs, trade unions, playwrights, musicians and academics in Britain. The AAM distributed thousands of badges, leaflets and stickers calling for Mandela’s release. The following year Glasgow became the first British city to award him the freedom of the city. In the 1980s buildings, streets and public gardens all over Britain were renamed in his honour.

bdg23. Free Nelson Mandela

Badge produced for the AAM campaign for the release of Nelson Mandela in response to a petition launched by the Sunday Post in South Africa in 1980. The AAM distributed thousands of badges, leaflets and stickers calling for Mandela’s release. A ‘Free Mandela’ declaration was endorsed by British MPs, trade unions, playwrights, musicians and academics.

Pic8003. Torchlight procession for Nelson Mandela, Glasgow

Scottish AAM supporters marched through Glasgow on 12 December 1980, calling for the release of Nelson Mandela .

pic8103. Vigil at St Martin’s in the Fields

Vigil on the steps of St Martin’s in the Fields on 16 March 1981, calling for the release of Nelson Mandela. Left to right: Dulcie September, Theo Kotze, former Director of the South African Christian Institute, former political prisoners Stephen Lee and Tim Jenkin, British miners leader Mick McGahey and actor Joanna Lumley. The vigil was the start of a joint campaign by the AAM and the International Defence and Aid Fund.