Free Mandela

pic8832. Nelson Mandela Freedom Rally

The rock group Simple Minds perform for the 250,000-strong crowd in Hyde Park at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Rally on 17 July 1988. The rally was the climax of the AAM’s ‘Nelson Mandela: Freedom at 70’ campaign and the biggest ever anti-apartheid demonstration in Britain. It rally began with music from Jonas Gwangwa and Archbishop Desmond Tutu gave the keynote speech.

pic8833. Nelson Mandela Freedom Rally

The Mandela marchers on stage at the 250,000-strong Nelson Mandela Freedom rally in Hyde Park on 17 July 1988. The rally was the climax of the AAM’s ‘Nelson Mandela: Freedom at 70’ campaign and the biggest ever anti-apartheid demonstration in Britain. At the end of the campaign a poll showed that Nelson Mandela had become a household name in Britain and 70% of people supported the call for his release.

pic8834. Nelson Mandela Freedom Rally

Archbishop Desmond Tutu at the Nelson Mandela Freedom rally in Hyde Park. Thousands of demonstrators marched through central London on 17 July 1988 to a rally attended by 250,000 people. The rally was the climax of the AAM’s ‘Nelson Mandela: Freedom at 70’ campaign and the biggest ever anti-apartheid demonstration in Britain. At the end of the campaign a poll showed that Nelson Mandela had become a household name in Britain and 70% of people  supported the call for his release.

mda16. Nelson Mandela tribute service

Invitation card for a service of tribute to Nelson Mandela on his 70th birthday at St James’s Church, Piccadilly.

mda18. Nelson Mandela birthday vigil

This leaflet publicised an overnight vigil outside the South African Embassy in London to see in Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday on 18 July 1988. It asked people to join the last leg of the Mandela Freedom March on 17 July and to wear a ‘Free Mandela’ badge. The AAM produced 1 million badges for supporters to wear on 18 July.

pic8841. ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ cards, 18 July 1988

A deputation from the AAM delivered over 30,000 cards calling for Nelson Mandela’s release to the South African Embassy in London on Mandela’s 70th birthday, 18 July 1988. The cards were signed by people from all over Britain. The Embassy refused to accept the cards and threw them onto the pavement.

mda17. ‘Nelson Mandela Freedom at 70’ postcard

Thousands of these postcards, addressed to South African President P W Botha, were delivered to the South African Embassy in London on Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday, 18 July 1988.

mda14. Nelson Mandela 70th birthday card

Birthday card for Nelson Mandela designed by Steve Bell. The graphic shows President P W Botha and incorporates the ANC colours of black, green and gold.