Organizations worldwide worked to end apartheid, the system of government- sponsored racism in Southern and South Africa. Chicago was active in anti-apartheid efforts, passing sanctions against and divesting holdings from South Africa primarily through the efforts of local social justice, religious, activist groups.

Protest Posterboards

View the digital reconstruction of three protest posterboards used during the Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement. These protest posters include access to high-resolution images, flyers and pamphlets documenting the movement and people involved.

Social Posters

View numerous African social posters on issues of Anti-Apartheid, immigration, public health, and geo-politics.

Free Nelson Mandela poster

Oral Histories

When asked, "When did you first become aware there was an Anti-Apartheid movement here in Chicago?" Funeka Sihlali responds:
"Africans are never alone somehow you get to find people - we find each other... as soon as I got here I found a lot sophisticated activists who knew sometimes a lot about South Africa. Things I didn’t even know because of censorship."

Listen to oral histories by Anti-Apartheid movement members Danny Davis, Funeka Sihlali, Prexy Nesbitt, Lisa Brock, and more.