Unlock Apartheid's Jails

Unlock Apartheid's Jails

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by Rick Reinhard
Washington, DC, United States
December 15, 1987
Gay McDougall, director of the Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (left), stands with Jennifer Davis, Executive Director of The Africa Fund. Behind are Damu Smith (with glasses), Executive Director of the Washington Office on Africa, and Rob Jones (with hat) of the American Committee on Africa. The Unlock Apartheid's Jails campaign was launched by The Africa Fund to demanded freedom for South African detainees and political prisoners. The campaign collected keys across the United States. At this demonstration some 35,000 keys were delivered to the South African embassy. Fifteen demonstrators carrying the keys were arrested as they ATTEMPTED TO deliver the keys. The Africa Fund worked with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the National Bar Association to plan the demonstration. The Lawyers' Committee delivered more than 20,000 postcards demanding freedom for all detailed children, and the Nation Bar Association presented to the Embassy petitions and letters from schoolchildren demanding freedom for all children in detention. (Source: ACOA Action News, Number 24, Winter 1987-88)
Used by permission of Rick Reinhard.