The People Shall Govern!

A work made of screenprint in black and brown on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of screenprint in black and brown on white wove paper.

Date:

1982

Artist:

Judy A. Seidman
American, born 1951, active in Botswana and South Africa

About this artwork

The bold slogans inscribed across this poster quote from the Freedom Charter of the African National Congress (ANC). This document outlined the core principles for creating an equitable post-apartheid society. The imagery is drawn from a photograph by Eli Weinberg of the public gathering at which the charter was formally ratified in 1955.

The ANC drafted the charter by dispatching fifty thousand volunteers across townships (racially segregated urban areas) to interview people about what changes would be necessary to realize such a society. They synthesized these thousands of demands into 10 key points, foremost among them “The People Shall Govern!”

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Judy Ann Seidman

Title

The People Shall Govern!

Origin

South Africa

Date

1982

Medium

Screenprint in black and brown on white wove paper

Dimensions

428 × 610 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Artworkers Retirement Society

Reference Number

2018.455

Extended information about this artwork

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