Watch & Listen

Between April 27th and 29th, 1994, millions of South Africans voted in the country’s first ever all-population general election. The African National Congress invited people from around the world to come and observe the voting process. This is the story of a group of Chicagoans who witnessed the democratic transition across South Africa’s various provinces.

This video was created exclusively for Northwestern University Library’s “Apartheid to Democracy” exhibit. The video was produced by Erik Ponder, Alice Li, and Samuel Rong. The Associate Producer was John Kannenberg. The video was edited by Samuel Rong.


The Consul General of South Africa, Vuyiswa Tulelo, opened our season of special events marking the 20th anniversary of the end of Apartheid by speaking at the opening reception of the Apartheid to Democracy exhibit. Her lecture was entitled “20 years of Democracy: Locating the voice of the Youth in the Struggles for Freedom”.