[The Secretary General of the SOUTH WEST AFRICA PEOPLES ORGANIZATION of NAMIBIA (SWAPO), Mr. Andimba Toivo Ja Toivo, will be in Seattle]

by National Conference of Black Lawyers - Northwest Chapter
Seattle, Washington, United States
Undated, about early October 1985
2 pages
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The press release says the Secretary General of the South West Africa People's Organization of Namibia (SWAPO), Mr. Andimba Toivo Ja Toivo, will be in Seattle on October 5-7 as part of his 10-city tour of North America sponsored by the National Conference of Black Lawyers. In Seattle. The press release says in 1966, Mr. Toivo was illegally deported from Namibia by the apartheid regime to South Africa; along with 36 others, he was tried and sentenced in 1968 to an 18-year prison term. Mr. Ja Toivo served 16 years on Robben Island before being released on March 1, 1984; he was one of the closest confidants of Nelson Mandela. The press release says in 1966 the people of Namibia began their struggle to free themselves from South Africa's illegal occupation of their country, which has led to fragmentation of their land into bantustans, depletion of Namibian natural resources, and exploitation of Namibian labor. Mr. Ja Toivo will address the Seattle Anti-Apartheid Coalition demonstration on October 6, 1985 at the Honorary Consulate for South Africa, located at 835 Hillside Drive. [Note: Toivo's name is often spelled Toivo ya Toivo.]
Collection: Southern Africa Solidarity in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Selma Waldman collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections