[Dear Mr. Roby: We write to you about an important matter which we understand may be on the agenda of the International Olympic Committee in Teheran.]

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
May 5, 1976
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Mexico
Language: English
Text of a joint letter to Douglas F. Roby, President of the U.S. Olympic Committee, about a possible decision lifting the suspension against South Africa so that it can participate in the Olympic Games in Mexico City in 1968. This document was presumably sent out as a mailing to inform people in the United States. The letter says the signers are unalterably opposed to South Africa’s inclusion in these games because racial discrimination dominates South African sports. The letter says the South African Amateur Athletic Union, affiliated with the International Amateur Athletic Federation, has banned non-whites from South African championships since its founding in 1895. South Africa was excluded from the last Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964 and the situation has not changed since then. Apartheid is still the doctrine imposed by the government. The first signer is Jackie Robinson. Other signer are: I.W. Abel; Arthur R. Ashe, Jr.; Theodore Bikel; William Booth; Roy Campanella; Msgr. Thomas J. Carey; Stokely Carmichael; Ruby Dee; John Forsythe; James Gardner; Rev. Donald S. Harrington; Julie Harris; Nat Hentoff; John L.S. Holloman, Jr., M.D.; Langston Hughes; Paul Jennings; Rev. Daniel V. Kilfoyle, S.J.; Floyd McKissick; Allan Morrison; Reinhold Niebuhr; ; Frederick O’Neal; Rev. Benjamin F. Payton; Oscar Robertson; Cleveland Robinson; Bayard Rustin; Pete Seeger; Ed Sullivan; Percy Sutton; Eli Wallach; and Buddy Young.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections