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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1952

June 26 : ANC, Indian Congress and supporters launch nationwide Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign in which volunteers seek arrest for breaking "Europeans Only" type restrictions.

In July Walter Sisulu, Duma Nokwe among others visit Europe, USSR and China without passports

In September SACPO (S.A. Coloured Peoples Organisation) later Coloured Peoples' Congress formed. James La Guma elected President.

In October the Congress of Democrats, white members of the Congress movement formed.

The December Conference of the ANC decides to organise a Congress of the People. A call will go out to everyone to send in demands for a better life to be embodied in the Freedom Charter.

At the conference, Chief A. J. Lutuli is elected President-General of the ANC with Nelson Mandela as Deputy President.

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