This exhibition tells the story of Nelson Mandela’s relationship to Scotland and the role played by the Scottish people in the global struggle to end apartheid. The exhibition also documents Dundee’s contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle and the campaign to secure Mandela’s release from prison.
In Britain, opposition to the apartheid system in South Africa was led by the AAM. The Scottish Committee of the AAM was formed at a meeting held at the University of Dundee in 1976, and across the city there were regular rallies, pickets and boycotts opposing the apartheid state and its links to Britain. In 1985, Nelson Mandela was awarded the Freedom of the City of Dundee, a powerful demonstration of Dundonians’ solidarity with Mandela and the people of South Africa.
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