Southern Rhodesia: How Far We've Come

It was a nippy day for swimming but even less auspicious for the cause of white supremacy in Southern Rhodesia. Into Salisbury's Central Baths marched a group of whites, blacks and Asians, deliberately stripped down to bathing attire, and eased themselves into the chilly waters of the traditionally all-white pool. Indignant apartheiders jeered, brandished placards and taunted them ("You're dirtying the water"). One white youth capped it all by shoving the fully clothed white leader of the swim-ins, University College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland Lecturer Dr. Terence Ranger, into the water....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!