Tag Archives: David Kitson

Stories from the green crates: exploring Steve Kitson’s papers

There are two green, plastic crates full of papers sat on the end of my desk. They smell a little damp. My office smells a little damp. The papers are squeezed so tightly into the boxes that I fear for … Continue reading

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Non-Stop for Mandela: reflections on London’s four-year continuous protest for his release

Nelson Mandela’s death has been announced tonight (5 December 2013). Although this news is not unexpected, its impact on people around the world will be significant, not least for those who maintained a four-year protest for his release in central London. In the late 1980s … Continue reading

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Transition or revolution? The politics of being a ‘difficult woman’

Several times over the last two years, I have been told by people who were heavily involved with the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Britain that the AAM’s problems with the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group originated with Norma Kitson.  Time and … Continue reading

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‘Black Londoners’ celebrate two years of the Non-Stop Picket

The Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy (which began on 19 April 1986) celebrated its second anniversary on Saturday 16 April 1988 with a march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square.  We have recently (re)discovered a recording of a … Continue reading

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City Group: disaffiliated over geography, expelled for politics

On 23 February 1985 the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group ceased to be an officially recognised local group of the national Anti-Apartheid Movement.  This was the culmination of more than two years of growing political tensions between the leadership of … Continue reading

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Zolile Hamilton Keke: A Pan-Africanist fighter remembered

We were saddened to learn of the death last week of one of the Non-Stop Picket’s staunchest South African supporters, Zolile Hamilton Keke.  Comrade Keke, as he was universally known to non-stop picketers, was the Chief Representative in the UK … Continue reading

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Father Freedom visits Trafalgar Square

The Non-Stop Picket of the South African embassy in London was non-stop. It didn’t stop for Christmas.  The members and supporters of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group maintained the Picket for four Christmases in the late 1980s.  This time … Continue reading

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