Mike Terry, 61, who led Britain's anti-apartheid movement for nearly two decades and played a pivotal role in turning British public opinion against South Africa's white minority rule, died Tuesday of a heart attack after returning from teaching at a north London school.

The Anti-Apartheid Movement, which Mr. Terry led from 1975 to 1994, launched protests and demonstrations that helped persuade British institutions to pull their investments from South Africa, a former British colony.

Mr. Terry began working against apartheid as a student activist and helped lead an increasingly powerful protest movement.

Mr. Terry was instrumental in organizing two concerts in the honor of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela in London - one in 1988 to protest his detention at the hands of South African authorities and another in 1990 to celebrate his release.

- AP