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int20t. Patsy Robertson transcript

Patsy Robertson grew up in Jamaica and came to Britain in the late 1950s. She joined the staff of the newly formed Commonwealth Secretariat in 1965 as its press officer. She was Director of Information and Official Spokesperson for the Commonwealth throughout the years when it played a central role in international opposition to apartheid.

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

int27a. Tim Oshodi interview clip

Tim Oshodi joined the Anti-Apartheid Movement as a student activist in 1985. He was Chair of the London School of Economics AA Group and took part in an occupation of the LSE to pressure it to disinvest from South Africa. He was a researcher for the AAM's disinvestment campaign, and a member of the AAM National and Black Solidarity Committees. He was a founding member of Friends of Simukai, an group that worked in solidarity with freedom fighters in Zimbabwe. Tim is currently involved in solidarity work with South African based housing activists.

In this clip he describes how media coverage and interpretation of ‘apartheid’ and ‘anti-apartheid’ changed over time.

int28a. Jan Clements interview clip

Jan Clements taught English as a volunteer in Angola. She was one of the founders of the Anti-Apartheid Women’s Committee and became the Secretary of the London Anti-Apartheid Committee, that coordinated the activities of local London AA groups. In 1984 she worked with Archbishop Trevor Huddleston on organising an interfaith colloquium on apartheid. She later joined the staff of the International Defence and Aid Fund, supporting the families of political prisoners in South Africa, and visited Robben Island in the early 1990s to assess the needs of prisoners on their release. She now works as a lawyer on the Guardian newspaper.

In this clip she describes the risks to ANC and AAM activists from the South African security forces and from right-wing groups in the UK.

msc02. AAM Goods and Gifts Catalogue

Mail order catalogue for T-shirts, badges, mugs and books available from the Anti-Apartheid Movement. Goods like these helped raise the profile of the AAM in the 1980s and build support for its campaigns.

msc03. Apartheid Movement 1987/88 Catalogue

Mail order catalogue for T-shirts, badges, mugs and books available from the Anti-Apartheid Movement. Goods like these helped raise the profile of the AAM in the 1980s and build support for its campaigns.

msc04. Frontline states wrapping paper

This design with the legend ‘Isolate Apartheid Support the Frontline States’ was printed as wrapping paper, as well as being used on mugs and T-shirts.

msc05. ‘Apartheid is Inhuman’

Set of four postcards illustrating the inhumanity of apartheid.

msc06. Happy Christmas & New Year!

Cards like this raised the profile of the AAM and raised funds for the organisation. This bilingual Christmas and New Year greetings card was produced by Wales AAM.