A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR EMERITUS GEORGE M. HOUSER

by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
November 11, 1994
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Mailing seeking contributions to the American Committee on Africa. The mailing says a few weeks ago I returned from a visit to the new South Africa; it was an emotional experience; like so many others who were involved with liberation there, I never expected to see the day when apartheid would no longer be the law of the land. The mailing says I first visited South Africa in 1954, just 40 years ago, when it was firmly in the grip of the National Party, committed to apartheid and ruled by a small but powerful white minority; I was not to visit South Africa again for 37 years because I was on a prohibited immigrant list along with a host of others world-wide who made up an informal fraternity engaged in anti-apartheid activities. The mailing says the new South Africa needs to be able to shape its own policies without outside pressure; U.S. aid should be used to help overcome the terrible legacy of apartheid not to force acquiescence to U.S. wishes. The mailing discusses the spirit of reconciliation, President Nelson Mandela, the ANC (African National Congress), Rev. Michael Lapsley, Port Elizabeth, a parcel bomb, Zimbabwe, the first Black mayor, Robben Island, Khayelitsha township, the Government of National Unity, homeless people, U.S. policy, squatter settlements, shanty huts, Inkatha, electricity, running water, sewage disposal, President Clinton, and Haiti.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive