August 9: South Africa Women's Day
by Third World Political Forum
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Leaflet advertising a march and rally on August 24, 1985 in downtown Chicago from the Federal Building to Grant Park Bandstand. The leaflet discusses South African Women’s Day on August 9, which commemorates the day in 1956 when more than 20,000 women of all racial and social backgrounds from across South Africa assembled in Pretoria to protest the apartheid regime's extension of the pass laws to black women. The leaflet includes lyrics from a women’s anti-pass campaign song: "Wathint' abafazi, wayithint' imbolodo uzokufa" (Now you have touched the women - you have struck a rock). The leaflet mentions the Campaign of Defiance of Unjust Laws, Florence Matomela, Florence Mkhize, and Lillian Masediba Ngoyi. • PROTEST AGAINST APARTHEID: STOP THE DEATHS
Used by permission of Sahotra Sarkar, formerly Chair of the Third World Political Forum.
Collection: Sahotra Sarkar Chicago anti-apartheid collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections