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mda37. Mandela House, Hackney

Hackney Council press release announcing the renaming of an east London housing block as Mandela House in 1984. Many British local authorities named roads, public gardens and housing estates in honour of Nelson Mandela in the 1980s as part of the campaign for his release.

 
mda38. Mayors’ Declaration for Nelson Mandela

Over 20,000 mayors from 56 countries signed a declaration calling for the release of Nelson Mandela in 1982. The Declaration was initiated by the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Michael Kelly, after Glasgow conferred the Freedom of the City on Mandela. This booklet lists the mayors who signed the Declaration.

 
pic8839. Celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday

Nelson Mandela was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Islwyn in South Wales to mark his 70th birthday in 1988. In the photograph Neil Kinnock MP presents a scroll to Mandela’s lawyer Ismail Ayob with Beyers Naude and Imam Esack looking on. The presentation was one of hundreds of honours conferred on Mandela by British local authorities and other institutions in the 1980s.

 
pic9308. Local Authorities Against Apartheid conference

Around 50 British local councils were represented at the sixth biennial conference of Local Authorities Against Apartheid in Manchester 25–26 March 1993. Moses Mayekiso, President of SANCO (South African National Civic Organisation) briefed the conference on plans for a new democratic local government system in South Africa. Councils pledged practical support in training observers for the April 1994 election. They pledged post-apartheid solidarity with all the countries of the Southern African region.

 
pic9309. Mandela in Glasgow

In October 1993 Nelson Mandela visited Glasgow, the first British local council to present him with the freedom of the city, in 1981. AAM President Trevor Huddleston presented him with a special scroll commemorating the award of the freedom of nine British local authorities.

 
pic9310. Mandela in Glasgow

Nelson Mandela spoke to a big crowd who came to welcome him in spite of heavy rain in Glasgow’s George Square on 9 October 1993. Later he delighted the crowd by dancing with singer Mara Louw in front of Glasgow City Chambers.

 
pic9311. Mandela in Glasgow

Nelson Mandela danced with singer Mara Louw in Glasgow’s George Square on 9 October 1993. Earlier, AAM President Trevor Huddleston presented him with a special scroll commemorating the award of the freedom of nine British local authorities. In 1981 Glasgow was the first local authority to present Mandela with the freedom of the city. Also in the photograph is the Chair of the Scottish AA Committee, Brian Filling.

 
las01. Sheffield Declaration against Apartheid

Sheffield was the first local authority to pass an anti-apartheid declaration. It pledged to boycott South African goods and ban South African entertainers and sports people from its venues. It also stated it would encourage positive teaching about African liberation struggles in local schools.

 
las03. Greater London Council Declaration against Apartheid

This Declaration was adopted by the GLC in December 1983. ANC President Oliver Tambo was the main speaker at the GLCís anti-racist rally held on the anniversary of Sharpeville, 21 March 1984.

 
las04. Camden Declaration against Apartheid

This Declaration was adopted by the London Borough of Camden in December 1983. Similar declarations were adopted by most inner London boroughs.

 
las05. Model Declaration on Southern Africa

This ‘Model Declaration’ for local authorities was produced by a committee set up at a conference of local authorities on Southern Africa, held in Sheffield in March 1983. It was widely circulated and taken up by many local councils.

 
las06. Freedom of Aberdeen for Mandela

Nelson and Winnie Mandela were awarded the Freedom of the City of Aberdeen in 1984, with the support of Labour and Liberal members of the city council. This press release tells how Aberdeen AA Group won support for the award from local residents in the face of opposition from Conservative councillors and the Aberdeen Evening Express.

 
las07. Lambeth Declaration Against Apartheid

Lambeth Borough Council in south London published this review of the implementation of the Anti-Apartheid Declaration it adopted in 1984. It located the Declaration within the Councilís wider anti-racist and equal opportunities policies. The review showed the practical problems involved in ensuring that the Council did not make purchases from companies with South African interests.

 
las08. Oliver Tambo press conference

ANC President Oliver Tambo was the main speaker at the London Against Racism rally held by the Greater London Council on 21 March 1984. Earlier in the day he held a press conference at County Hall. In December 1983 the GLC launched an Anti-Apartheid Declaration pledging that it would discourage all links between London and apartheid South Africa.

 
las09. Islington Declaration on Southern Africa

The London Borough of Islington made this Declaration on Southern Africa in 1984. As well as boycotting South African and Namibian goods and withdrawing investments from companies involved in South Africa, it pledged it would encourage the positive history of the Southern Africa freedom struggle in Islington schools.

 
las10. Glasgow Declaration against Apartheid

This Declaration was adopted by Glasgow District Council in March 1985. Glasgow was also the first city to honour Nelson Mandela by making him a Freeman of the City in 1981.

 
las11. Local Authority Action Against Apartheid

Survey of anti-apartheid policies adopted by British local authorities. The report found that more than 120 local councils had taken some form of action, ranging from banning South African and Nambian produce in their schools and town halls to granting the freedom of their city to Nelson Mandela. The survey was commissioned by the UN Centre Against Apartheid and published by Sheffield Metropolitan District Council.

 
las02. Sheffield and Southern Africa

n 1981 Sheffield District Council became the first British local authority to announce it would end all links with South Africa. This pamphlet reprinted the keynote speeches at a conference on the role of transnational corporations in South Africa held in Sheffield in 1982.

 
las02. Sheffield and Southern Africa

n 1981 Sheffield District Council became the first British local authority to announce it would end all links with South Africa. This pamphlet reprinted the keynote speeches at a conference on the role of transnational corporations in South Africa held in Sheffield in 1982.

 
las12. Manchester rally

Sharpeville anniversary rally, Manchester

 
 
 
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