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Hope and action – anti-apartheid campaigners join the myriad stories of activist lives here in the Library

Posted by wcmlibrary on May 10, 2013

We’re just cataloguing a donation from Eddie Adams – a Merlin Press book edited by Ken Keable, ‘London recruits: the secret war against apartheid’.  It tells the story of anti-apartheid activists in the UK in the ’60s and ’70s.

The foreword states: ‘They were drawn from different backgrounds and political formations on the left. What they shared was a readiness to risk life and limb in the struggle of another country. Working in self-contained cells that were unaware of each other, under the guidance of a small unit operating out of London, these dedicated women and men helped the liberation movement to rebuild its capacity inside South Africa at a time when repression had all but extinguished the embers of resistance’.

Interesting in itself, of course. But made into proper ‘history from below’ by the signatures on the title page, garnered by Eddie, of many of those activists –

London RecruitsAs one of the attendees at Owen Jones’s Frow lecture last Saturday tweeted, ‘Hope + Action. I’m in’.  Cheers to Eddie and all the signatories.


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