On 22 May, the University of Glasgow is organising an event about the Histories and Legacies of Solidarites with the Anti-Apartheid Struggle. This event has been organised to mark the publication of a new book by Gavin Brown and Helen Yaffe Youth Activism and Solidarity: The Non-Stop Picket against Apartheid, London, Routledge. The book explores the continuous protest, day and night, outside the South African Embassy in central London maintained by supporters of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group from April 1986 until just after Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in February 1990. This book examines how and why a group of children, teenagers and young adults made themselves ‘non-stop against apartheid’, creating one of the most visible expressions of anti-apartheid solidarity in Britain.
The details of the event are:
2-5 pm, Room 311, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, East Quadrangle.
The afternoon will be in two parts – first a reflection from activists who were involved in the anti-apartheid movement and then a discussion and launch for the book itself. The authors will introduce the book, then Diarmaid Kelliher and Kye Askins will offer some reflections on the text.
Speakers include: David Kenvyn, Chair of the London Committee of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the 1980s; Graham Campbell, SNP Councillor and long-standing anti-racist activist; Gavin Brown, Geography, University of Leicester; Helen Yaffe, Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow; Kye Askins and Diarmaid Kelliher, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow.
The event has been organised by Glasgow University Socialist Theory and Movement Seminar and Human Geography Research Group.