[Dear President MacVicar: We are pleased to learn of the cancellation of a trip to South Africa]

by Pamela Gowans, American Friends Service Committee
Portland, Oregon, United States
July 23, 1981
Publisher: American Friends Service Committee
1 page
Type: Correspondence
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
This letter congratulates Oregon State University President Robert MacVicar for cancelling a trip to South Africa by Oregon State’s wrestling team. The letter says that the trip, which would have violated the United Nations sports boycott against South Africa, would have reflected badly on all Oregonians; New Zealand is now facing worldwide condemnation for allowing a South African rugby team into their country. The letter says many Oregonians are strongly opposed to any support for South Africa because of its system of apartheid. In 1977, the Oregon State Board of Higher Education took a strong stand against cooperation with South Africa by voting to drop its investments in companies doing business in South Africa. The letter points out that the Organization of African Unity unanimously passed a resolution criticizing the United States for developing a warmer relationship with South Africa under the Reagan administration. It also discusses the United Nations.
Used by permission of American Friends Service Committee.
Collection: Oregon Anti-Apartheid Files (Ed Ferguson collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collection