Arts & Culture
Exhibition Launch – FORWARD TO FREEDOM: The Anti-Apartheid Movement
- 8:00 pm
10 October 2019
Hackney Archives | FREE
Forward to Freedom tells the story of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement and its campaigns to support the people of South Africa in their fight against apartheid between 1959 and 1994.
The Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) was founded in 1960 to campaign for the eradication of apartheid. AAM grew out of the Boycott Movement which began in 1959. AAM, sometimes referred to as the British Anti-Apartheid Movement, operated in Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). AAM did not cover Northern Ireland which was covered by the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement. AAM resolved to work for the total isolation of the apartheid system in South Africa and to support those struggling against the apartheid system.
AAM grew out of the Boycott Movement when members saw the need for a more permanent organization. The AAM drew its support from a country-wide network of local anti-apartheid groups, some of which had previously been local boycott committees, from individual members and from affiliated organizations such as trades union councils and constituency political parties. Professional and special interest groups arose which worked with the AAM as did Local Authorities Against Apartheid to co-ordinate local authority action. The AAM co-operated with similar anti-apartheid groups which existed in many countries around the world, exchanging information and meeting at international conferences.
The Movement also campaigned for freedom for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola, and against South Africa’s attacks on its neighbours.
Did you know that in 1964 Marlon Brando asked film directors, actors and producers to forbid the screening of their films before segregated audiences in South Africa on a visit to London.
Moreover, The Rolling Stones broke off negotiations for a South African tour and the Beatles announced they opposed apartheid.
Come and experience the exhibition and find out more about the fight for freedom from activists who were directly involved in the Anti-Apartheid struggle.
This is a FREE event. register here