Collection 274 - Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement

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ZA COM MR-AAO-274

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Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement

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  • 1970-01-01 - 1977-12-31 (Accumulation)

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The New York Public Library holds a small collection of PRWM documents as part of its Southern Africa Collective Collection. It covers the period 1965-1983 and contains correspondence, campaign materials, newspaper clippings and other printed materials.

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The Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement (PRWM) was formed in 1970 by two African American Polaroid employees, Ken Williams and Caroline Hunter, when they discovered that the company's products were being used by the South African government to create photographs for the passbooks that all Africans were required to carry.The PRWM demanded that the company stop all sales to South Africa until the end of apartheid.

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