Tag Archives: Steve Kitson

A parcel from Cape Town (and a letter from Robben Island)

A thick envelope covered in South African stamps arrived in my office just before Easter. It contained copies of correspondence relating to the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group from the Mayibuye Archive at the University of Western Cape. We have to … Continue reading

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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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Soundscapes of the Non-Stop Picket

As former Non-Stop Picketers gather in London for the funeral of Ken Bodden, who was so central to the musical culture of the picket, it seems appropriate to share some of the sounds of their anti-apartheid protest. From its earliest … Continue reading

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“Being arrested is now a way of life”

One useful way for a protest group to gain sympathetic coverage in the mainstream media can be to enrol the assistance of a well-known and seemingly neutral observer.  In June 1987 the novelist Lynne Reid Banks placed a feature article … Continue reading

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Steven Kitson: anti-apartheid activist who introduced protest samba to Britain

This last week has also marked the fifteenth anniversary of the untimely death of Steven Kitson.  Steve, the son of Norma and David Kitson, died of cancer at the age of 40 on 12 November 1997.  Like his parents, Steve was a … Continue reading

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David Kitson: a South African communist remembered

Ian David Kitson died in Johannesburg on 9 November 2010 at the age of 91.  Although he played no direct role in the formation of the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group, it is possible to argue that without him the group … Continue reading

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Launching the first Non-Stop Picket, August 1982

The main focus of this blog is the Non-Stop Picket of the South African Embassy from April 1986 until February 1990.  That picket was not, however, the first Non-Stop Picket of the London embassy.  At 1pm on 25 August 1982, … Continue reading

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