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

George Houser
George Houser

American Committee on Africa

George Houser was born in 1916 as the son of missionaries, spending portions of his early life in the Far East. During his long life, Houser has been at the forefront of the civil-rights movement and of the Solidarity Movement in the United States of America (USA) for the liberation of African people, especially in southern Africa...

Govan Mbeki
Govan Mbeki

African National Congress

Govan Archibald Mvuyelwa Mbeki was a South African politician, and father of the former South African president Thabo Mbeki and Moeletsi Mbeki...

Gunnar Helander
Gunnar Helander

International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa

Reverend Gunnar Helendar was a volunteer missionary placed at a missionary station outside Pietermaritzburg, Natal in 1938...

Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte

Harold George "Harry" Belafonte, Jr. is an American singer, actor, and social activist born in Harlem, New York. As a singer he was dubbed the “King of Calypso” for popularizing the Caribbean musical style. His parents were Caribbean-born immigrants...

Howard Wolpe
Howard Wolpe

U.S. Congressman (MI)

Howard Wolpe is a former U.S. Congressional Representative from the state of Michigan. He was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1979-January 3, 1993). A specialist in African politics for ten of his fourteen years in the Congress, Wolpe chaired the Subcommittee on Africa of the House Foreign Affairs Committee...

Irene Gale
Irene Gale

Campaign Against Racial Exploitation

Irene Gale, having grown up in Australia, moved to New Zealand where she married New Zealander, Jim Gale, and was there introduced to the South African issue via the "No Maoris No Tour" campaign against the New Zealand All Blacks touring South Africa under the edict from the apartheid regime that no Maoris should be allowed on the team.

Jacqueline Derens
Jacqueline Derens

Recontre National Contre L’Apartheid

Derens became active in anti-apartheid in 1975.  She used the trade unions as a way of reaching the larger corporations in order to stop them trading with South Africa.

Jennifer Davis
Jennifer Davis

American Committee on Africa; The Africa Fund

Jennifer Davis was born in Johannesburg in 1933. She obtained a BA degree in 1954 from the University of the Witwatersrand and was subsequently employed as secretary to the Industrial Council for the Military Industry, a lecturer to external students of the London School of Economics in South Africa, high school teacher and graduate assistant at Wits from 1955 to 1966. Davis was a committed anti-apartheid student activist at university...

Jim Boyce
Jim Boyce

Campaign Against Racism In Sport

Jim Boyce played wing for the Australian Wallabies from 1962 to 1965, and toured South Africa with them in 1963, playing four test matches against the Springboks.  On that tour, he came face-to-face with apartheid in action, which changed his perceptions on whether sporting links with a country like apartheid South Africa were acceptable. 

John Collins
John Collins

International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa

Canon John Collins was born in 1905 into a middle-class, Anglican and conservative background. He was educated at Cambridge, became Dean and Fellow of Oriel College Oxford and then served as an RAF chaplain in World War II. His war experience was a turning point that radicalised his religious and political views...