Mary-Louise Hooper, an American Quaker, moved to South Africa where she worked as an assistant to African National Congress President Chief Albert Luthuli. On December 5, 1956 police arrested 156 opponents of apartheid across South Africa, including Luthuli. These arrests where charged with high treason and tried in what became know as the Treason Trial. In March 1957 Hooper was given a deportation order and she left in May. Hooper came back to the United States and became the West Coast representative of the South Africa Defense Fund of the American Committee on Africa. This interview was conducted months after Hooper returned to the United States. Byron Bryant worked at KPFA radio. The date is approximate and based on the context of the interview.
Collection: Mary-Louise Hooper papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections