1980s

pic8827. Nelson Mandela Freedom March

The Nelson Mandela Freedom marchers leaving Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Twenty-five freedom marchers, one for each year of Mandela’s imprisonment, walked 590 miles from Glasgow to London, 12 June–17 July 1988. The march was part of the AAM’s ‘Nelson Mandela: Freedom at 70’ campaign. Local supporters organised meetings and events in the 40 cities and towns they passed along the way.

pic8828. Nelson Mandela Freedom March

The Nelson Mandela Freedom marchers at Durham. Twenty-five freedom marchers, one for each year of Mandela’s imprisonment, walked 590 miles from Glasgow to London, 12 June–17 July 1988. The march was part of the AAM’s ‘Nelson Mandela: Freedom at 70’ campaign. Local supporters organised meetings and events in the 40 cities and towns they passed along the way.

pic8830. Nelson Mandela Freedom March

Mandela on the march: twenty-five freedom marchers, one for each year of Mandela’s imprisonment, walked 590 miles from Glasgow to London, 12 June–17 July 1988. The march was part of the AAM’s ‘Nelson Mandela: Freedom at 70’ campaign. Local supporters organised meetings and events in the 40 cities and towns they passed along the way.

pic8829. Nelson Mandela Freedom March

The Nelson Mandela freedom marchers carried a giant birthday cake through York in the Lord Mayor’s parade in June 1988. Twenty-five freedom marchers, one for each year of Mandela’s imprisonment, walked 590 miles from Glasgow to London. The march was part of the AAM’s ‘Nelson Mandela: Freedom at 70’ campaign. Local supporters organised meetings and events in the 40 cities and towns they passed along the way.

pic8831. Nelson Mandela Freedom Rally

Thousands of demonstrators marched through central London on 17 July 1988 to a rally attended by 250,000 people in Hyde Park. The rally was the climax of the AAM’s ‘Nelson Mandela: Freedom at 70’ campaign and the biggest ever anti-apartheid demonstration in Britain.

80s46. UK Companies and their subsidiary or related companies in South Africa and Namibia

From the early 1970s the AAM published comprehensive lists of British companies with subsidiaries in South Africa and Namibia. It asked organisations like trade unions, church groups, local authorities and universities to disinvest from companies that had a significant stake in the apartheid economy. 

mda24. Nelson Mandela Freedom Rally

This leaflet advertised a rally in Hyde Park held on 17 July 1988, the eve of Mandela’s 70th birthday, as the culmination of the ‘Nelson Mandela Freedom at 70’ campaign. A quarter of a million people heard Desmond Tutu call for Mandela’s release. Other speakers were AAM President Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, SWAPO leader Andimba Toivo ja Toivo, Sir Richard Attenborough and ANC representative Mendi Msimang.

mda27. Nelson Mandela Freedom Rally programme

Programme for the rally in Hyde Park held on 17 July 1988, the eve of Mandela’s 70th birthday, as the culmination of the ‘Nelson Mandela Freedom at 70’ campaign. The main speakers were Archbishop Desmond Tutu, AAM President Archbishop Trevor Huddleston, SWAPO leader Andimba Toivo ja Toivo, Sir Richard Attenborough and ANC representative Mendi Msimang. There was music from Jonas Gwangwa and a video message from Winnie Mandela. A quarter of a million people attended the rally.