Photos

pic6001. Boycott Movement march and rally, 28 February 1960

The March Month of Boycott Action organised by the Boycott Movement in 1960 was launched by a march and rally on 28 February. At the head of the march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square were ANC leader Tennyson Makiwane, Trevor Huddleston, Labour Party Leader Hugh Gaitskell and Dennis Phombeah of the London-based Committee of African Organisations. During the month, local councils all over Britain banned South African goods and supporters distributed leaflets to shoppers calling for a boycott.

pic6002. Boycott Movement march, 28 February 1960

On the march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square to launch the March Month of Boycott Action on 28 February 1960. During the month, local councils all over Britain banned South African goods and supporters distributed leaflets to shoppers calling for a boycott. The month was organised by the Boycott Movement, set up in 1959.

pic6011. Boycott Movement march, 28 February 1960

On the march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square to launch the March Month of Boycott Action in 1960. The month was organised by the Boycott Movement, set up in 1959. Second from left: ANC London representative Mazisi Kunene.

pic6003. Boycott Movement rally, 28 February 1960

The crowd in Trafalgar Square at a rally to launch the March Month of Boycott Action on 28 February 1960. On the platform were the Leader of the Labour Party Hugh Gaitskell, ANC leader Tennyson Makiwane, Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe, Lord Altrincham from the Conservative Party, Rita Smythe from the Co-operative Women’s Guild and Trevor Huddleston. During the month, local councils all over Britain banned South African goods and supporters distributed leaflets to shoppers calling for a boycott.

pic6004. Boycott Movement rally, 28 February 1960

Trevor Huddleston speaking at the rally in Trafalgar Square to launch the March Month of Boycott Action. Right to left: ANC leader Tennyson Makiwane, Labour Party Leader Hugh Gaitskell and Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe. During the month, local councils all over Britain banned South African goods and supporters distributed leaflets to shoppers calling for a boycott. The month was organised by the Boycott Movement, set up in 1959.

 
pic6009. Boycott News, 1960

The Boycott Movement produced three issues of its broadsheet, Boycott News, early in 1960. The first issue sold over 100,000 copies and reprinted an appeal for an international boycott of South African goods by ANC President Chief Albert Luthuli. This anti-apartheid supporter was selling the broadsheet outside South Africa House.

pic6014. Sharpeville massacre protest, 22 March 1960

In the week following the Sharpeville massacre, there were daily protests outside the South African High Commission in London. Police tried to break up the protests. In this photo a student is manhandled into a police car during a demonstration the day after the massacre.

pic6015. Sharpeville massacre protest, 22 March 1960

In the week following the Sharpeville massacre, there were daily protests outside the South African High Commission in London. London printworkers, seen here in Charing Cross Road with their banner proclaiming ‘South Africa Stinks’,  joined the demonstrations the day after the massacre.