Category Archives: Anti-Apartheid Movement

Artwork highlights a People’s History in Grand Rapids – Print #10 – the South African Anti-Apartheid Movement

Last semester, art students in Brett Colley’s class on printmaking, invited me to come talk about the Grand Rapids People’s History Project. The intent of the class was to have students investigate their own part of a People’s History of … Continue reading

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Archival photo of Anti-Apartheid Protest in Grand Rapids

Thanks to Barb Lester, we wanted to post this picture from the early 1980s. The South African Anti-Apartheid Working Group of the Institute for Global Education organized a protest outside a local company that was selling South African coins known … Continue reading

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What kind of response did a Grand Rapids CRC Pastor get from the Prime Minister of South Africa in 1954 when asking about the system of Apartheid?

Since December of 2014, we have been engaged in research on the movement in Grand Rapids to end the system of Apartheid in South Africa. Like most of the international anti-Apartheid movement, Grand Rapids engaged in education, confronting government and … Continue reading

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The Kent County Commission was complicit in South African Apartheid

Last week we posted a piece on the campaign to get the Grand Rapids Public School Board to take a stand against South African Apartheid in 1985.  The School Board, in this instance, voted 7 – 2 in favor of … Continue reading

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Grand Rapids Public School Board took a stand against Apartheid in 1985

As our research moves forward on the history of the Grand Rapids movement against South African Apartheid, we continue to find important outcomes of the grassroots organizing that took place in the 1970s and 80s. Recently, we posted the second … Continue reading

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Doug Van Doren on the Grand Rapids Anti-Apartheid Movement

This interview is with Rev. Doug Van Doren, pastor at Plymouth United Church of Christ in Grand Rapids. The interview is 17 minutes and 30 seconds in length. Doug talks about his own beginnings in the South African Anti-Apartheid Movement, … Continue reading

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