[Over 50 South African church leaders were arrested this morning ...]

by Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
New York, New York
26 May 1980 - Memoria1Day
1 page
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing says over 50 South African church leaders were arrested as they marched toward the John Vorster Square police headquarters in Johannesburg to protest the detention of the Rev. John Thorne, who has been close to the students boycotting classes for six weeks. The mailing says among those arrested were Bishop Desmond Tutu, general secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC); Ms Leah Tutu, the bishop's wife; Ms. Fourie; the Rev. Stanley Pitts, Methodist, chairman, church committee of the SACC; the Very Rev. Simeon Nkoane, Dean, Anglican Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin; Father Kingston Erson, prior of St Peter's Anglican Community of the Resurrection; the Rev Joseph Wing, general secretary of the Congregational Church; the Right Rev. Timothy Bavin, Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg; Christopher Aitken, general secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa; and the Rev. Peter Storey, Methodist, a vice president of the SACC. The mailing also reports on demonstrating students and arrests in Cape Town. The mailing asks people to contact President Carter, Senators and Representatives and to send messages to the SACC and protests to South African Ambassador Donald B. Sole in Washington, D.C.
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections