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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.

 
int29a2. David Hillman interview clip

David Hillman became an Anti-Apartheid Movement activist in 1985, joining Hammersmith and Fulham AA Group. He was a member of the London Anti-Apartheid Committee and the AAM Boycott Committee, where he led activities on the Boycott Shell campaign across London. After 1994, he served for over 10 years as a member of the National Executive Committee of Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).

In this clip David Hillman describes how he pretended to be a journalist to infiltrate South Africa House during a tourist industry convention.

 
int15t. Christabel Gurney transcript

Christabel Gurney was active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement from 1969 to 1994. She edited the AAM’s monthly newspaper Anti-Apartheid News in the 1970s and was later secretary of Notting Hill Anti-Apartheid Group. More recently she has researched and written about the history of the AAM.

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

 
int31a1. Jerry Dammers interview clip

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. In 1984, 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 clip he taks about how he came to write ‘Free Nelson Mandela’.

 
int03a. Ethel de Keyser interview clip

Ethel de Keyser worked full-time for the Anti-Apartheid Movement from 1965 to 1974 and was appointed as its Executive Secretary in 1967. She continued to serve on the AAM Executive Committee until the mid-1980s. She later became the Director of the British Defence and Aid Fund and set up the Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa.

In this clip Ethel de Keyser talks about the importance of the visual image of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and describes the dramatisation of the Sharpeville massacre in Trafalgar Square and a show at the Lyceum Theatre in 1970.

 
int07a. Dorothy Robinson interview clip

Dorothy Robinson joined the Boycott Movement soon after its formation in 1959. From 1960 to 1966 she worked as the Administrative Secretary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. She later joined the staff of the International Defence and Aid Fund (IDAF).

In this clip Dorothy describes the problems of finding new accommodation after the AAM’s office was damaged in a right-wing arson attack in 1961.

 
int07a. Dorothy Robinson interview clip

Dorothy Robinson joined the Boycott Movement soon after its formation in 1959. From 1960 to 1966 she worked as the Administrative Secretary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement. She later joined the staff of the International Defence and Aid Fund (IDAF).

In this clip Dorothy Robinson describes the problems of finding new accommodation after the AAM’s office was damaged in a right-wing arson attack in 1961.

 
int11t. John Sheldon transcript

John Sheldon was the General Secretary of the Public and Civil Service Union. As a student at Ruskin College, Oxford, he helped set up the Ruskin College Kitson Committee to campaign for the release of gaoled trade unionist David Kitson and took part in the demonstrations against the 1969–70 South African rugby tour.

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out by Christabel Gurney in 2000.

 
int04t. Brian Brown transcript

Brian Brown is a Methodist Minister who worked for the Christian Institute of Southern Africa, in his birthplace South Africa, and came to Britain after the Christian Institute and he were banned in October 1977. From 1980 he was the Africa Secretary of the British Council of Churches, where he helped to organise a conference on ‘Britain and Southern Africa: The Way Forward’, which led to the setting up of the Southern Africa Coalition in 1989. He served the coalition until democratic South Africa emerged in 1994.

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out in 2000 by Håkan Thörn.

 
int15a. Christabel Gurney interview clip

Christabel Gurney was active in the Anti-Apartheid Movement from 1969 to 1994. She edited the AAM’s monthly newspaper Anti-Apartheid News in the 1970s and was later secretary of Notting Hill Anti-Apartheid Group. More recently she has researched and written about the history of the AAM. 

In this clip she describes the atmosphere at the event in South Africa House held to celebrate the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President in May 1994.

 
int05a1. Vella Pillay interview clip 1

Vella Pillay was a founder member of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and served on its Executive Committee until it was dissolved after the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa in 1994.

In this clip Vella Pillay describes the tactics the Anti-Apartheid Movement used to set up a financial boycott of South Africa.

 
int05a2. Vella Pillay interview clip 2

Vella Pillay was a founder member of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and served on its Executive Committee until it was dissolved after the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa in 1994.

In this clip Vella Pillay describes the tactics the Anti-Apartheid Movement used to stop bank loans tp South Africa.

 
int06a1. Margaret Ling interview clip 1

Margaret Ling joined the Anti-Apartheid Movement as a student in 1972 and worked in the Information Department of the International Defence and Aid Fund from 1975 to 1984. In the 1980s she edited the AAM’s monthly newspaper Anti-Apartheid News. She was a co-founder of AA Enterprises, which traded with the front line states and marketed anti-apartheid T-shirts and other merchandise. She was active in the Haringey AA Group and served on the national executive of the AAM.

In this clip Margaret Ling describes how the boycott campaign succeeded.

 
int06a2. Margaret Ling interview clip 2

Margaret Ling joined the Anti-Apartheid Movement as a student in 1972 and worked in the Information Department of the International Defence and Aid Fund from 1975 to 1984. In the 1980s she edited the AAM’s monthly newspaper Anti-Apartheid News. She was a co-founder of AA Enterprises, which traded with the front line states and marketed anti-apartheid T-shirts and other merchandise. She was active in the Haringey AA Group and served on the national executive of the AAM.

In this clip Margaret Ling describes the positive purchase campaign that accompanied the boycott.

 
int02a. Mike Terry interview clip

Mike Terry was the Executive Secretary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement from 1975 until it was dissolved after the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa in 1994.

In this clip Mike Terry talks about the broad appeal of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the UK and its success as a single issue organisation.

 
int02t. Mike Terry transcript

Mike Terry was the Executive Secretary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement from 1975 until it was dissolved after the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa in 1994.

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out in 2000 by Håkan Thörn.

 
int03t. Ethel de Keyser transcript

Ethel de Keyser worked full-time for the Anti-Apartheid Movement from 1965 to 1974 and was appointed as its Executive Secretary in 1967. She continued to serve on the AAM Executive Committee until the mid-1980s. She later became the Director of the British Defence and Aid Fund and set up the Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa.

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out by Håkan Thörn in 2000.

 
int04a. Brian Brown interview clip

Brian Brown is a Methodist Minister who worked for the Christian Institute of Southern Africa, in his birthplace South Africa, and came to Britain after the Christian Institute and he were banned in October 1977. From 1980 he was the Africa Secretary of the British Council of Churches, where he helped to organise a conference on ‘Britain and Southern Africa: The Way Forward’, which led to the setting up of the Southern Africa Coalition in 1989. He served the coalition until democratic South Africa emerged in 1994.

In this clip Brian Brown talks about his experience as Africa Secretary of the British Council of Churches in the 1980s.

 
int05t. Vella Pillay transcript

Vella Pillay was a founder member of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and served on its Executive Committee until it was dissolved after the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of South Africa in 1994.

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out in 2000 by Håkan Thörn.

 
int06t. Margaret Ling transcript

Margaret Ling joined the Anti-Apartheid Movement as a student in 1972 and worked in the Information Department of the International Defence and Aid Fund from 1975 to 1984. In the 1980s she edited the AAM’s monthly newspaper Anti-Apartheid News. She was a co-founder of AA Enterprises, which traded with the front line states and marketed anti-apartheid T-shirts and other merchandise. She was active in the Haringey AA Group and served on the national executive of the AAM.

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out by Håkan Thörn in 2000.

 
 
 
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