African National Congress (ANC)

By: Sara Elmendorf

Accomplishments of the ANC

The African National Congress was the one of the more prominent anti-apartheid groups in South Africa from 1948 to 1964. Its purpose was to join the Black community together as a way to represent the interests of Africans and their desires to repeal the apartheid policies. The ANC can be recognized for its success of creating a mass-based movement that represented majority of the African community, and bringing awareness to the needs and aspirations of these Africans who were being treated with injustice. The group brought their struggles to the police with the Defiance Campaign, which had the goal of repealing six apartheid laws. It also took part in bus boycotts, and the COP, and finally the decision to apply violence in its protesting. The ANC was also successful in joining alliances with other groups who were opposing apartheid. However, it can be said that the ANC was unsuccessful as well, as it never achieved its main goal of repealing the apartheid policies, and its attempts to weaken the NP were ineffective, making the government successful in getting rid of anti-apartheid resistance groups.

Significance of the ANC

The ANC was important because it gave the Black community new ways to fight for their freedom against the NP and Apartheid. It brought all Africans together as a group that defended their rights against the injustice of these policies through campaigns, boycotts, and strikes. Overall, the ANC provided hope and ambition to repeal Apartheid and receive proper rights for the community of Africans that were being oppressed by the Nationalist Party.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayKDCvgIACE

SOUTH AFRICA: ANC 50TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE: MANDELA SPEECH