Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection

About the Collection

The Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection was assembled through the efforts of Dr. Lisa Brock, Columbia College Chicago Chair of the Humanities, History and Social Sciences Department. A seminal force in the local anti-apartheid movement, Lisa brought together many of her colleagues who donated the material that forms this collection.

The end of the apartheid system was brought about, in part, by groups of people working locally around the globe who fought apartheid by endorsing economic sanctions and company boycotts. What we have broadly termed the “Chicago Anti Apartheid Movement” collection is made up of several local groups’ records. The majority of the collection chronicles Chicago area activists’ work in bringing an end to the apartheid system of government in Southern and South Africa. Some of these local organizations also fought other social issues, so there is a small amount of material in the collection that does not directly relate to the anti-apartheid movement and include topics such as geopolitics, public health and safety, and immigration matters; most of these materials are found in the digitized poster collection.

Related Resources

View the Chicago Anti- Apartheid Movement online exhibit featuring protest boards, posters, flyers, pamphlets and images.

Columbia College Chicago students conducted Oral History interviews for the course, Oral History: The Art of the Interview, with various participants of the Chicago community during their activity with the apartheid protest movements.

Collection Inventory

Want to see more of the Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection's materials at Columbia College Chicago? Access the online finding aid to see the holdings of the entire collection. Please contact us with any questions and requests to view materials.

Related Resources

African Activist Archive Project at Michigan State University

Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies at Northwestern University

Black Metropolis Research Consortium (BMRC)

"Struggles for Freedom: Southern Africa" collection on Jstor


Browse the Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection Collections:

African Political Posters