Southern African Solidarity T-Shirt Exhibit

by African Activist Archive Project
East Lansing, Michigan, United States
Undated, October 1, 2012
1 page
Type: Leaflet
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Description of an exhibit of T-shirts presented by the Michigan State University African Studies Center and the African Activist Archive Project, in collaboration with the MSU Library. The exhibit opened on October 1, 2012. From the 1960s through the 1990s, tens of thousands of Americans organized in solidarity with people struggling against apartheid in South Africa and colonial rule in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe. T‐shirts are the quintessential American clothing worn to express individuality and identification with groups and causes, from political and social issues to universities and sports teams. The organizers thank Prexy Nesbitt, Kathleen Sheldon, Michael Fleshman, and Frank and Patricia Beeman for donating Southern African solidarity T‐shirts to the MSU Library Special Collections. The document mentions the Southern African Liberation Committee (SALC) at MSU, campaigns against U.S. corporate investment and bank loans backing South Africa, community actions such as a Walkathon in Chicago and the June 14,1986 march in New York City organized by 200 labor and other organizations, Macalester College, students, celebrating the independence of Zimbabwe in 1980 and of Namibia in 1990, the ANC (African National Congress), Nelson Mandela, destabilization, and the United Coalition against Racism (UCAR).
Used by permission of the African Activist Archive Project.