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

Abdul Minty
Abdul Minty

British Anti-Apartheid Movement

Abdul Minty was born on 31 October 1939 in Hartebeesfontein. Minty grew up in Johannesburg before leaving for Britain in June 1958 where he furthered his studies. While he was outside the country he worked for the International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa...

Adwoa Dunn-Mouton
Adwoa Dunn-Mouton

Southern Africa Support Project; staff of US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa

Adwoa Dunn-Mouton first went to Africa as a student abroad from the University of California at Berkeley, and her first impression was of the cultural similarities between black people in Africa and America. This was further enhanced when she attended the African Liberation Day demonstrations in San Francisco in 1972, which strengthened her connection to Africa.  

Albert Van Den Heuvel
Albert Van Den Heuvel

Dutch Reform Church; World Council of Churches

Rev. van den Heuvel was educated at University Utrecht and Union Theological Seminary in New York, and upon the completion of his studies in 1958, began working for the World Council of Churches in Geneva.

Albertina Sisulu
Albertina Sisulu

African National Congress

MaSisulu, as she was affectionately known, was born Nontsikelelo Thethiwe in the village of Camama in the former Transkei on October 21 1918. She graduated from Mariazell College in 1939, and chose a career in nursing. She started training at Johannesburg General Hospital in 1940, and it was there that she first met Walter Sisulu, a young political activist, in 1941. They were married in 1944.

Allan Boesak
Allan Boesak

Dutch Reform Church; United Democratic Front

Reverend Allan Boesak was born at Kakamas, Northern Cape, as one of eight children. He was raised in Somerset West and as a child worked as a labourer to help support his family. At fourteen, he became a sexton in the separate Coloured sector of the local Nederduitse Gereformeerde Sending-Kerk.

Amanda Kemp
Amanda Kemp

Stanford Out Of South Africa

Dr. Amanda Kemp has been a lifelong poet-performer and advocate of racial justice and equality since her first anti-apartheid march in 1983.  She earned her B.A. from Stanford University where she helped to lead the Stanford Out Of South Africa divestment movement and the successful struggle to revamp the University's Eurocentric humanities requirement...

Amina Cachalia
Amina Cachalia

Federation of South African Women; South African Indian Congress; African National Congress

Amina Cachalia was born in Johannesburg to a politically conscious family which played a meaningful role in the struggles led by Mahatma Gandhi. From an early age, Cachalia was a member of the Transvaal Indian Congress and her father was Chairperson of its forerunner, the Transvaal British Indian Association. Through the political work of this organisation she soon became involved with the African National Congress (ANC).

Barbara Castle
Barbara Castle

British Anti-Apartheid Movement; Member of Parliament (UK)

The youngest of three children, Dame Barbara Castle was born at 67 Derby Road, Chesterfield to Frank and Annie Betts, and raised in Pontefract and Bradford. Castle was introduced to socialist politics and beliefs from a young age...

Barbara Masekela
Barbara Masekela

African National Congress

Born  in Johannesburg, South Africa Babara was an ardent anti-apartheid activist who helped to bring freedom to her homeland, she has also proved herself a fiery and fearless speaker as well as a pragmatic diplomat. She is the sister of Hugh Masekela, the famous South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer...

Beyers Naude
Beyers Naude

Dutch Reformed Church; Christian Institute of Southern Africa; South African Council of Churches

Naude was a South African cleric, theologian and the leading Afrikaner anti-apartheid activist. The Sharpeville massacre in 1960 ended his support for his church's political teachings...