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Apartheid Resistance Posters

These posters represent six distinct aspects of the anti-apartheid movement's struggle for democracy in South Africa during the 1980s.
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Apartheid Resistance Posters

These posters represent six distinct aspects of the anti-apartheid movement's struggle for democracy in South Africa during the 1980s.

UDF Unites, Apartheid Divides

Established in 1983, the United Democratic Fronts' goal was the establishment of a non-racial, united South Africa in which segregation is abolished and society is freed from institutional and systemic racism.

Credit:
United Democratic Front (UDF), creator / Courtesy of South Africa History Archive

Support the Consumer Boycott

Designed in 1985, this UDF poster, is the first from a set of five that were produced to highlight the demands of a consumer boycott in the Western Cape.

Credit:
Poster created by United Democratic Front. Image courtesy of South Africa History Archive.

South African Scooter Drivers Union

Spurred by the strikes in Durban in 1973, the formation of trade unions, like the South African Scooter Drivers Union in Johannesburg (1984), provided labor protection to black South Africans.

Credit:
Stephen Rothenburg and Morris Smithers, creators / Courtesy of South Africa History Archive

International Youth Year: Rally

The International Youth Year Rally (1985) was organized by the United Nations with the goal of raising awareness on issues concerning the abuse and mistreatment of youth worldwide.

Credit:
International Youth Year (IYY) Committee / Courtesy of South Africa History Archive

Workers Unite

Founded in 1985, the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (COSATU) calls for “One country, one federation” with the goal of uniting the South African people.

Credit:
Poster created by Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). Image courtesy of South Africa History Archive.

UDF Public Meeting

The Johannesburg Democratic Action Committee (JODAC) was formed as an affiliate of the UDF in 1983, and provided an opportunity for whites to join the struggle against apartheid.

Credit:
Johannesburg Democratic Action Committee (JODAC), creator / Courtesy of South Africa History Archive

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