Cultural boycott

pic8723. Petition for the release of South African detainees, 1987

Musicians Little Steven and Jerry Dammers sign the SATIS petition calling for the release of detainees in South Africa. Altogether 30,000 South Africans were held in detention under the national State of Emergency imposed in June 1986. The petition was supported by the British Council of Churches and the TUC and was signed by a third of a million people in Britain. It was presented to the South African authorities, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the UN Secretary-General on Human Rights Day, 10 December 1987.

int32t. Peter Ahrends transcript

Peter Ahrends was born in Berlin in 1933. His family fled the Nazis and arrived in South Africa in 1937. He left at the age of 18 to study architecture in London. Peter became chair of UK Architects Against Apartheid, an affiliate of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. He campaigned for a cultural and academic boycott of South Africa and called for the de-recognition of the Institute of South African Architects by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out as part of the Forward to Freedom AAM history project in 2013.

int32a. Peter Ahrends interview clip

Peter Ahrends was born in Berlin in 1933. His family fled the Nazis and arrived in South Africa in 1937. He left at the age of 18 to study architecture in London. Peter became chair of UK Architects Against Apartheid, an affiliate of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. He campaigned for a cultural and academic boycott of South Africa and called for the de-recognition of the Institute of South African Architects by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).

In this clip Peter describes his memory of witnessing racism in South Africa as a child.

int31t. Jerry Dammers transcript

Jerry Dammers formed the Specials in Coventry in 1977. He was an anti-apartheid activist from his school days, and in 1986 founded Artists Against Apartheid to involve musicians in anti-apartheid campaigns and promote the cultural boycott of South Africa. He wrote the song ‘Free Nelson Mandela’, which became an international hit and helped raise awareness of the situation of Nelson Mandela and political prisoners in South Africa.

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out as part of the Forward to Freedom AAM history project in 2013.

int31a2. Jerry Dammers interview clip 2

Jerry Dammers formed the Specials in Coventry in 1977. He was an anti-apartheid activist from his school days, and in 1986 founded Artists Against Apartheid to involve musicians in anti-apartheid campaigns and promote the cultural boycott of South Africa. He wrote the song ‘Free Nelson Mandela’, which became an international hit and helped raise awareness of the situation of Nelson Mandela and political prisoners in South Africa.

In this longer clip (approximately 30 minutes) Jerry taks about his anti-apartheid work.

int19a. Louis Mahoney interview clip

Louis Mahoney grew up in The Gambia and came to study medicine in Britain in the late 50's.He changed after a few years to train as an Actor. He has appeared in numerous theatre,film and television productions.In the 1970s and 80s he represented African-Asian members on the Council of Equity, the Actors union,becoming Vice President 1994-96.He founded Performers Against Racism to defend Equity policy on South Africa.

In this clip Louis talks about his involvement in setting up Performers Against Racism and his support of the cultural boycott of South Africa.

int19t. Louis Mahoney transcript

Louis Mahoney grew up in The Gambia and came to Britain in the 1950s. He has appeared in numerous theatre, film and television productions. In the 1980s he represented Afro-Asian members on the Council of Equity, the actors union and founded Performers Against Racism to defend Equity policy on South Africa.

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out as part of the ‘Forward to Freedom’ AAM history project in 2013.