Have You Heard From Johannesburg - Seven Stories of the GLOBAL anti-apartheid movement

Bill Sutherland
Bill Sutherland

American Committee on Africa

Bill Sutherland, African-American pacifist and Pan African activist, graduated from Bates College in 1940. A member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), he was instrumental in forming (with George Houser) Americans for South African Resistance in 1952, which became the American Committee on Africa the following year.

Billy Modise
Billy Modise

African National Congress

He joined the African National Congress (ANC) on the train while en route to Fort Hare. At Fort Hare, he contracted tuberculosis and was hospitalised for six months. In the Eastern Cape while still a student, he became secretary of the ANC Youth League Fort Hare branch, and later secretary of the Student Representative Council...

Billy Nair
Billy Nair

South African Communist Party; African National Congress; South African Indian Congress

A South African politician, a member of the National Assembly of South Africa, an anti-apartheid activist and a political prisoner in Robben Island. In 1949, he became a member of the Indian Youth Congress and was elected as its secretary in 1950...

Caroline Hunter
Caroline Hunter

Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement

Caroline Hunter graduated from Xavier University in New Orleans in 1968, and shortly thereafter was recruited as a research bench chemist by Polaroid Corporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  In this capacity, she began her direct involvement with anti-apartheid activity purely by chance in October 1970, upon her discovery of her employer’s involvement in the apartheid system.

Cecelie Counts
Cecelie Counts

TransAfrica; Free South Africa Movement

After attending Stanford and Howard, she joined the Southern African News Collective, which evolved into the Southern African Support Project.

Charles Diggs
Charles Diggs

U.S. Congressman (MI)

Born in Detroit, Diggs attended the University of Michigan and Fisk University. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945...

Cheryl Carolus
Cheryl Carolus

Black Consciousness Movement; United Democratic Front; African National Congress

Cheryl Carolus was born in Silvertown, on the Cape Flats, Cape Town. Carolus obtained a BA degree in Law and Education in 1979 and began her working life as a secondary school teacher. She took up the post of full-time Provincial Secretary of the UDF Western Cape in 1983, and became its National Co-ordinator in 1985.

Chris Nteta
Chris Nteta

Mass Divest; Polaroid Campaign

Chris Nteta, professor and Methodist Minister, left South Africa to attend Harvard Divinity School.  A mutual friend, Danny Schechter, put Nteta in touch with Caroline Hunter and Ken Williams, who were beginning their work on forcing their employer, Polaroid, to disengage from South Africa, and Nteta proved instrumental in the Polaroid campaign.

Christabel Gurney
Christabel Gurney

British Anti-Apartheid Movement

Christabel Gurney began her activist work in the Youth CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament), and became interested in anti-apartheid through interacting with the South African exile community in England.

Conny Braam
Conny Braam

Dutch Anti-Apartheid Movement

Braam was one of the founders of the Anti-Apartheid movement in the Netherlands (Anti-Apartheids Beweging Nederland, or AABN) and served for many years as its chairperson.