November 6, 1962: United Nations Condemns Apartheid
On this day in 1962, the United Nations adopted Resolution 1761 that condemned the racist policies of the apartheid system in South Africa and encouraged member nations to cease relations with this country. This also established the Special Committee against Apartheid to promote an international campaign.
In effect from 1948 – 1993, apartheid was the Nationalist Party’s government sanctioned racial segregation against nonwhites, who constitute the majority of the country’s population, in South Africa. Noted for his activism against apartheid, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black and first democratically elected president in 1994, signaling a new era in government affairs.
Photo: November 1967. South Africa, the country of Apartheid, where black and white,as the signs suggest, go their different ways. (Getty Images)