Nelson Mandela Day (18th July)


Nelson Mandela Day (18th July)

In 1912, the black people of South Africa formed the African National Congress (ANC) to oppose the form of racial segregation known as apartheid. By 1950, Nelson Mandela believed the time for organisation had arrived. In “Nelson Mandela And The Struggle To End Apartheid” video interviews and archival footage of Nelson Mandela, ANC leaders, and white South African politicians trace events from 1950 through Mandela’s release from political incarceration in 1990. Topics covered include: the Native Resettlement Act, in which the government wanted to remove thousands of Africans from an area where they lived in freedom; and the formation of the Congress of the People. Government efforts to suppress the Congress resulted in the arrest and acquittal of Congress leaders. Mandela and others were later arrested for conspiracy, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. After nearly 30 years, through efforts of an in ternational lobby to free political prisoners in South Africa, Mandela was finally released in 1990. (27 mins) Afrivision ©1995. Available on DVD for classroom presentation and library reference from Viewtech Educational Media –

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The South African Anti-Apartheid Movement (World Revolutions For Students Series)

Rare footage, detailed primary accounts and expert commentary provides students with a comprehensive look at the colonial history of South Africa, the devastating social, political and economic effects of apartheid, and the difficult, sometimes violent struggle of Mandela and the African National Congress to eliminate apartheid and create a free, democratic society. (23 minute chaptered DVD and PDF Teacher’s Guide) A Schlessinger Media Production ©2005 Available from Viewtech Educational Media –

Global Human Rights: South Africa – A Case Study

Travel to South Africa as Apartheid is being dismantled and hear from Bishop Desmond Tutu, President P. W. Botha, and other national leaders. Investigate the impasse of the Soweto uprisings, economic boycotts, and governmental reforms. Examine Nelson Mandela’s vital role as both an opposition leader and President. (25 minute Classroom Edition DVD and PDF Teacher’s Guide / Student’s Activity Worksheets) ABC News ©2002 – Available from Viewtech Educational Media –

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