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Forward To Freedom

by Viv Smith
Issue No. 2158

This small exhibition is a vivid reminder of the solidarity people in Britain showed with those resisting the injustice of apartheid South Africa.

Those who helped build the anti-apartheid movement will love it, while those who were too young to be part of it will get a sense of what opposition to the racist state achieved.

Made up mainly of posters advertising protests, the exhibition is unapologetic in its support of the resistance in South Africa. It celebrates the impact and diversity of the movement in Britain and reveals a history of struggle.

Many students will look at the magnificent posters produced by the National Union of Students (NUS) in disbelief – they are a far cry from the lacklustre NUS of today.

My favourite pieces were a handwritten leaflet advertising a protest at Dulwich College against the visiting South African rugby team, and another from the NUS calling for a boycott of Barclays bank – both campaigns I remember while growing up in South Africa.

The exhibition ends with a space for visitors to design their own political T-shirts. When I visited the space these were full anti-BNP slogans and were mainly designed by children.

Forward To Freedom: The Anti-Apartheid Movement and the Liberation of Southern Africa, Museum of London until 6 September

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Tue 30 Jun 2009, 18:25 BST
Issue No. 2158
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