Protest Against Aparteid

Published: 1985
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Demonstrator (L) avoids bull horn swung toward her by San Francisco police Captain Charles Beene as he runs down the street forcing protesters back unto the sidewalk during an anti-apartheid protest otuside buildings where Univeristy of California Regents were rejecting complete divestiture of investments in South African-related businesses on June 21, 1985. The Regents accepted a compromise plan for divestment on a case-by-case basis. (UPI Photo/Martin Jeong/Files)

Dennis Daly: There were protest marches, demonstrations and arrests on college campuses and in Washington, D.C. this past year as thousands of men and women join to fight racial injustice; but unlike the protests of the '60s, this time the target was South Africa and the racially repressive system of apartheid. Reverend Jesse Jackson led one of those protests …

Reverend Jesse Jackson: "We must use our total moral, political and economic resources to oppose a system of apartheid in South Africa."

Dennis Daly: One of the most vocal critics of apartheid within South Africa was Bishop Desmond Tutu, a black Anglican Bishop who had the year before been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. When the South African Government established a state of emergency in more than 30 townships this past July, Bishop Tutu spoke out …

Bishop Desmond Tutu: "It is quite unjust that there should be a state of emergency, because we will get true justice, peace and stability from the barrel of a gun."

Dennis Daly: Despite Bishop Tutu's warnings about violence in South Africa, by year's end nearly 850 people, mostly black, would be killed in racial unrest in that country.