Thursday, January 12 at 11:00 p.m.
Have You Heard From Johannesburg: Road to Resistance
In 1948, as the United Nations adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, South Africa heads in the opposite direction, implementing a rigid, racist system of laws called apartheid to segregate its people in every aspect of life. The black majority in South Africa, led by the African National Congress (ANC), mounts a nonviolent campaign of defiance, attracting the attention of activists in Britain, Sweden, and the United States — and sowing the seeds of an international movement. The world reacts with horror when protesters are gunned down in the town of Sharpeville, and the entire ANC leadership is forced underground or imprisoned. Nelson Mandela is jailed for life and the movement in South Africa is effectively shut down as hundreds escape into exile.
Thursday/Friday, January 12/13 at 12:00 a.m.
Have You Heard From Johannesburg: The New Generation
It is youth, both inside and outside, who next join the growing movement against apartheid. Buoyed by new support in western countries, Oliver Tambo returns to the United Nations to try to convince them to sanction South Africa. His efforts gain new public support as the brutal suppression of a youth uprising in the South African township of Soweto and the murder of freedom fighter Steve Biko turn South Africa from a country into a cause, a worldwide emblem of injustice. A significant victory is won when the United Nations issues a mandatory arms embargo: the first in history.
Thursday, January 19 at 11:00 p.m.
Have You Heard From Johannesburg: From Selma to Soweto
Long one of South Africa's most important and powerful allies, the United States becomes a key battleground in the anti-apartheid movement as African Americans lead the charge to change the U.S. government’s policy toward the apartheid regime. Strengthened through years of grassroots organizing during the civil rights movement, black leaders and their allies take the campaign to corporate boardrooms, universities, embassies, and finally to Congress itself, where a stunning victory is won against the formidable opposition of President Ronald Reagan.
Thursday/Friday, January 19/20 at 12:00 a.m.
Have You Heard From Johannesburg: The Bottom Line
The first-ever international grassroots campaign is assembled to successfully use economic pressure to help bring down a government. Recognizing the regime’s dependence on its financial connections to the West, citizens all over the world — from employees of Polaroid to student account-holders in Barclay’s Bank to consumers who boycott Shell — refuse to let business with South Africa go on as usual. Boycotts and divestment campaigns make the antiapartheid movement a household name, helping everyday people understand and challenge Western economic support for apartheid. Faced with disdain from the public, international companies pull out in a mass exodus, causing a financial crisis in the now-isolated South Africa and making it clear that the days of the apartheid regime are numbered.
Thursday, January 26 at 11:00 p.m.
Have You Heard From Johannesburg: Free At Last
A mass movement gains unprecedented momentum when three generations of resistance fighters band together. Faced with growing international isolation, the apartheid government tries to win allies and convince the world of the merit of its piecemeal reforms even as it struggles to suppress open revolt, at times using savage and secret tactics. The protests climax in a fierce campaign of defiance, and internationally, Nelson Mandela becomes a household name as the campaign to free him ignites a worldwide crusade. The apartheid regime is finally forced to the negotiating table andat last lifts the decades-long bans on the ANC. After twenty-seven years in prison, Nelson Mandela is released, sparking a global celebration as he tours the world to thank all.