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MacKinnon was the SC AAM's full time organiser.
MacKinnon was the SC AAM's full time organiser.
Louw is a South African singer and actress. Her singing has taken her all over the world. She sang at the ceremony that presented Nelson Mandela with the Freedom of the Nine Cities in Glasgow, 1993. Later returning to tour the UK in 1994 to raise money for the ANC's election campaign. She went on to sing at Mandela's inauguration and at the Freedom Day Celebrations in 1994.
Kelly was an ardent trade unionist, rising to become president of the Scottish Trade Union Congress. He was involved with the work of the SC AAM, sitting on the board of director for Sechaba Festivals Ltd during 1990.
Hughes is a British Labour politician and was chairman of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement from 1976 to 1995 when it was disbanded. Educated in Scotland at Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, he went on to work as a draughtsman in South Africa between 1947-1954. Hughes later became the first chairperson of the successor organisation Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).
Key involvement with SC AAM events included: speaking at the SC AAM Conference in 1978, and speaking at the NALA event which Mandela also spoke at while in Glasgow collecting the Freedom of the Nine Cities in 1993.
Born in England, Huddleston studied at Christ Church, Oxford University (1927-1931) before enrolling at Wells Theological College, taking his vows in 1941. He then ministered in townships in South Africa between 1943 and 1956. During the following years he became involved in protests alongside Nelson Mandela and continued to campaign and speak out against the apartheid regime after this, gaining awards from the ANC among others for his work.
In 1959 he addressed the founding meeting of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in London and in 1961 he was appointed Vice-President of the AAM, a position he held until 1981.
Huddelston often visited Scotland and was involved in key events in the SC AAM campaign, including: speaking at the 1988 Glasgow Green rally that was followed by a march down to London as part of the Freedom at 70 campaign, presenting Indres Naidoo with a giant key to symbolically open Mandela's cell door at the same rally, and speaking at the Sechaba Conference in Glasgow in 1990.
Hamish Henderson is seen as the founding father of Scotland's twentieth century folk renaissance. He was passionate about politics and poetry, serving in the WWII and being inspired by the ballads of the soldiers and the song making of the Italian partisans. Henderson himself rejected modernist concepts of poetry and of being a poet. He collected, translated, composed and created in a wide variety of poetic and lyric forms.
Hamish Henderson was to exhibit the same capacity to combine occasion, craft and popular impact with 'Rivonia', which became an anthem of the South African anti-apartheid movement, which was set to the tune of a famous Spanish civil war song. The song was given the ANC's blessing and Henderson sang it on stage when Mandela visited Glasgow in 1993.
Gray was a tireless campaigner on behalf of Glasgow, serving as a Councillor before rising to become Lord Provost of Glasgow (1984-88), succeeding Michael Kelly.
He was one of the pioneers of the Garden Festival in 1988 and European City of Culture in 1990 – both of which did much to regenerate the concept of the city in Scotland and, indeed, throughout Europe. Gray campaigned for these events in Glasgow, and their undoubted success is a fitting testimonial to a proud Glaswegian.
During his time in the position he led a deputation of civic leaders to 10 Downing Street on the 21st anniversary of the life-sentencing of Mandela in 1985, he was also instrumental in renaming the St George's Place Nelson Mandela Place in 1986.
Gray describes himself as a 'maker of imagined objects' and produces novels, short stories, plays, poems, pamphlets and literary criticism. He is also an accomplished artist who has painted remarkable murals and is the designer and illustrator of his own books and those of other writers.
During the campaign of the SC AAM, Gray performed readings at special events held at Moir Hall in aid of the cause.
Grant was a Guyanese Labour MP for Tottenham between 1987-2000 with a left-wing trade union background, he was also an anti-apartheid campaigner, a supporter of revolutionary governments, feminist causes, black studies and a multi-racial school curriculum.
He studied mining engineering at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and was later involved with the work of the SC AAM, speaking at the Glasgow Green Rally of 11th June 1988, which was followed by a march to London as part of the Freedom at 70 campaign.
Goldberg was an engineer and political activist born in Cape Town, South Africa. He became one of the Rivonia trialists and was detained in 1963 for over 22 years until his release in 1985.
Goldberg was an Executive member of the Congress of Democrats, an organisation allied to the ANC in the Congress Alliance from the mid-1950s. After the first non racial elections in 1994 Goldberg founded the development organisation Community H.E.A.R.T. in London to help to improve living standards of black South Africans.
His work against the apartheid regime was tireless and he traveled the world on speaking tours as a spokes person for the ANC and representing the Anti-Apartheid Committee of the United Nations, visiting Scotland alongside other places. He gained the Albert Luthuli Peace Prize in recognition of his efforts.