Why all students should support the Afro-Am Studies Dept.

by Southern Africa Solidarity Committee
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
April 1979
2 pages
Type: Leaflet
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Leaflet advertising a march from the Quad and a rally at Memorial Church on April 19, Afro-American Studies Day, in support of the Harvard University Afro-American Studies Department. The leaflet says this department is once again under attack; ten years after it was established during the student strike of 1969, a visiting committee is considering a recommendation to downgrade the AASD from a department to a committee on degrees without its own faculty. President Bok talks about "improving" Afro-American Studies, but the Administration has never supported the AASD. The leaflet says the Southern Africa Solidarity Committee believes that defending the AASD is not only the concern of Black students; moreover, the AASD sets an important precedent for establishing curricular programs to meet the needs of many people left out of Harvard’s elitism - women, Third World people, working-class people, and other oppressed groups. The Southern Africa Solidarity Committee recognizes that it cannot be serious about bringing down apartheid in South Africa if it is not equally committed to the struggle against oppression in the U.S., and Harvard's institutional racism is shown in both what is happening to the AASD as well as its investments in apartheid. Students are urged to rally around the AASD on April 19 and to boycott classes and demonstrate against Harvard Corporation on April 23.
Used by permission of former members of the Harvard-Radcliffe Southern Africa Solidarity Committee.
Collection: Harvard-Radcliffe Southern Africa Solidarity Committee (Cindy Ruskin collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections