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Updated by Rebecca Carlisle on May 30, 2013
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Apartheid Content Curation

Here is a list of student-friendly resources to help expand and deepen their knowledge in Apartheid and their interest in human justice.

By Rebecca Carlisle

Apartheid Stories | Oral History Education

South Africans share a painful past that includes many decades of racial discrimination. Yet, throughout this history are the stories of leaders and of ordinary people overcoming racial barriers to create a contemporary and culturally rich democracy. Their stories build meaning into history and teach us valuable strategies for the social justice issues of today, and for future generations.

Black Consciousness Movement

Summary In 1969, when organized black opposition to apartheid was virtually quiet, university students formed an exclusively black student organization, the South African Students Organization (SASO). This was the beginning of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) that focused on cultivating the ability of black people to change the oppressive situation in South Africa by rejecting the ideology (and eventually the system) of apartheid.

Nelson Mandela Biography

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.

Assignment Discovery Shorts: Apartheid : Video : Discovery Channel

This clip describes Apartheid and its effects in the South African community.


Recommended Articles South African activist and former president Nelson Mandela helped end apartheid and has been an advocate for human rights around the world. Did You Know? Birth of Apartheid Racial segregation and white supremacy had become central aspects of South African policy long before apartheid began.

Anti-apartheid activist shares powerful stories

Author: Tammy L. Lane * First Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 A South African who resisted apartheid and was jailed for 15 years with Nelson Mandela shared some of his story with hundreds of students in Fayette County Public Schools this week.