"MEN SHOULD WALK UPRIGHT IN THE LAND WHERE THEY WERE BORN"

the report of the TASK FORCE ON SOUTHERN AFRICA to the annual meeting of the MASSACHUSETTS CONFERENCE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
by Task Force on Southern Africa
Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
May 1973
12 pages
Contents: Background • Organization • Financial Support • Study Project • Education • World Council of Churches Fund to Combat Racism • How Contributions may be made to the WCC Special Fund to Combat Racism • 9upport for the Liberation Movements of Southern Africa • Liberation Movements • SOUTHERN AFRICA: STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM AND JUSTICE • DID YOU KNOW? • Southern Africa Task Force Mailing List • Resource Persons and Organizations with whom the T/F has been in contact (partial list only) • Suggestions for Action • Report of the TASK FORCE ON SOUTHERN AFRICA to the annual meeting of the MASSACHUSETTS CONFERENCE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, Springfield, Mass, May 5-6, 1973. The report says the Task Force on Southern Africa was formed following the vote of the Conference on May 6, 1972 in Pittsfield; its purpose is to educate, to study and to make recommendations regarding the problems of freedom and justice in Southern Africa and Guinea-Bissau; any member of a Massachusetts UCC church may be a member. The report says at the first meeting of the new Task Force in Sudbury on June 25, 1972 plans were begun for a workshop; at that meeting it was decided that a six member steering committee would provide the leadership for the Task Force. The report says forty-one nations in Africa have become independent in the past fifteen years; only three: remain in a colonial status, ruled from Lisbon, Portugal: Guinea-Bissau, Angola and Mozambique; another three are ruled within Africa by white minority apartheid regimes: South Africa, Rhodesia and Namibia. The report includes a quote from Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. The report discusses Carole Camp, Amherst, Sandra Anderson, Sudbury, Newell Curtis, Newton, Dorothy McComb, Norwood, Dorothy Dwyer, Needham, Mary Pottle, Weymouth, Rev. Allan R. Fisher, New Approaches to the White Community, local churches, United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, the United Church Board for World Ministries, the Council for Christian Social Action, Commission for Racial Justice, investment portfolios, vote, proxies, associations, Episcopal Bishop Colin Winter, South West Africa, non-military purposes, victims of oppression, school systems, life expectance, imprisonment, Chief Albert Lutuli, Rev. Ndabaningi Sithole, unjust treatment, the African Nation Congress headed by Bishop Abel Muzorewa of the United Methodist Church, human dignity, labor unions, vote, foreign investment in Southern Africa, U.S. companies, armed struggle against Portugal, sanctions, legislation and tax restrictions on American companies doing business in Namibia, the sugar quota for South Africa, the NASA missile tracking station, Congressman, Senators, boycott, disclosure of company activities in Southern Africa, refugees, the UN Trust Fund for South Africa, books, medical supplies, clothing, E.J.M Zvobgo, and the African National Council of Zimbabwe.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root