Black Solidarity

bsc04. Black Solidarity Seminar

The AAM Black and Ethnic Minorities Committee held this seminar soon after the release of Nelson Mandela. One of the speakers was Labour MP Bernie Grant, who met Mandela on the day of his release. Sipho Pityana made an analysis of the new situation in South Africa. The seminar was attended by representatives of British black organisations, including the Black Unity and Freedom Party, the West Indian Ex-Servicemen’s Association and Afro-Caribbean student groups.

bsc05. Fundraising social

The AAM Black and Ethnic Minorities Committee organised this fundraising social for delegates to the September 1991 meeting of the AAM’s National Committee.

bsc07. A Luta Continua!

In the early 1990s the AAM Black Solidarity Committee distributed this leaflet to British black organisations. It asked them to support their brothers and sisters struggling for freedom in Southern Africa by either joining AAM campaigns or organising independently. It offered to help them set up direct links with the liberation movements.

bsc06. Black solidarity consultation conference

In the early 1990s the AAM debated the role of international solidarity after the end of apartheid. The AAM Black and Ethnic Minorities Committee convened this consultation conference to discuss the special role of black and ethnic minorities in future solidarity action.

po130. Education for Liberation

Poster advertising a conference in London on 3 April 1993 on the role that the British black community could play in helping to transform education in Southern Africa.

int51a1. Chitra Karve interview clip 1

Chitra Karve was an Anti-Apartheid Movement staff member from 1986 to 1989 and helped organise the 1988 Nelson Mandela: Freedom at 70 campaign. She was a member of the AAM Women’s and Black Solidarity Committees, and was Chair of the latter. After the formation of Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) in 1994 Chitra was elected to ACTSA’s Executive Committee. She is currently Chair of ACTSA.

In this clip she reflects on discussions in the Black Solidarity Committee about whether the AAM should join campaigns against racism in Britain.

int51t. Chitra Karve transcript

Chitra Karve was an Anti-Apartheid Movement staff member from 1986 to 1989 and helped organise the 1988 Nelson Mandela: Freedom at 70 campaign. She was a member of the AAM Women’s and Black Solidarity Committees, and was Chair of the latter. After the formation of Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) in 1994 Chitra was elected to ACTSA’s Executive Committee. She is currently Chair of ACTSA.

This is a complete transcript of an interview carried out as part of the Forward to Freedom history project in 2014.

int53a. Anna-Zohra Tikly interview clip

Anna-Zohra Tikly grew up in a household committed to anti-apartheid campaigning and felt part of an extended family of AAM and ANC political activists. Her father was a political exile from South Africa and her mother was a teacher who had moved to London from Scotland. As a teenager she was active in Haringey Anti-Apartheid Group and later worked in the African National Congress’s London office.

In this clip she reflects on the impact of anti-apartheid campaigns on attitudes to race and multiculturalism in Britain.