ANNUAL REPORT, 1961

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
Undated, about early April 1962
9 pages
Contents: I. 1961 was not a spectacular year in Africa as had been the previous year • II. Among specific activities of the Committee to implement general policy were the following • A. For over a year the ACOA had been working on the case of Dr. Cassim M. Jadwat, a South African national of Indian background • B. The Committee issued at least two statements on the Angola situation • C. In order to combat the effect of the work of the American Committee for Aid to Katanga Freedom Fighters, the Committee issued a statement of its own, analyzing the importance of the U.N. operation in the Congo and pointing to the disastrous effect that would follow if the continued secession of Katanga was permitted • D. The Committee prepared, and had widely distributed among the delegations at the United Nations, material on two issues that received thorough debate • E. The Committee sent a letter to the Chairman of the Board of the First National City Bank protesting against the loan of $5,000,000 to the South African Industrial Development Corporation • F. The Committee arranged for the representative of the Algerian Provisional Government, Mr. A.K. Chanderli, to go to Washington • G. The Committee made the initial arrangements for Robert Young and Charles Dorkins of N.B.C. to go into the rebel-held territory of northern Angola • H. Because of the many activities of the ACOA in criticizing Portuguese rule in Angola, the public relations firm of Selvage and Lee, working under a contract to Portuguese companies, began a public attack upon the Committee • III. PROGRAM • A. Literature • Statement on the Congo • New Basic Brochure • B. Speakers Service and Other Projects • Speakers Service • Film on Angola • C. Africa Defense and Aid Fund • South Africa • South West Africa • Basutoland • East Africa • Central Africa • Angola • Algeria • Ruanda Urundi • Miscellaneous • Medical Mission to Angola--a Pilot Project • D. The Angolan Trip and Emergency Relief to Angola • E. Press Conferences • F. Work with Petitioners • G. Special Events • IV. ORGANIZATION MATTERS • A. Staff Changes • B. Mailing List • C. Finances • Africa Defense and Aid Fund • Outlook for the Future • D. The Board • E. Sub-Committees • F. Local Organization • G. Tax-Exemption • V. THE LOOK AHEAD • The report discuses Tanganyika, the outbreak of the revolt in Angola on March 15th, colonialism, the American Committee for Aid to Katanga Freedom Fighters, right-wing elements, Dr. Max Yergan, a pro-Tshombe campaign, the Portuguese-American Committee on Foreign Affairs, African policy, the Kennedy Administration, resolutions in the United Nations critical of Portugal in Angola, a cultural exchange visa, an immigrant’s visa, American-supplied NATO arms, the U.N. operation in the Congo, Dr. Bruce B. Birkenhead of the Department of Economics at Brooklyn College, sanctions against South Africa, Richard Kasdan, the moral reasons for withholding of capital from South Africa, the F.L.N. (National Liberation Front, FLN), AFRICA TODAY, Malcolm McVeigh, the Eleanor Roosevelt appeal letter, a Projects Department, Hazel Gray, Joshua Nkomo, Southern Rhodesia, Jomo Kenyatta, Julius Nyerere, African independence, Columbia University, New Rochelle College, African Student Leadership, the United Christian Missionary Society, Baldwin-Wallace College, the Unesco Conference in Boston, the documentary film "Angola: Journey to a War", refugees, Northern Rhodesia, money raised, Algerian refugees in Tunis, the Algerian Red Crescent Society, the Fourth Committee of the United Nations, the Houser-Marcum trip, George Houser, John Marcum, Holden Roberto, the Union of the Populations of Angola, the Kenya Africa Democratic Union, the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU), a  reception in honor of the Honorable Angie Brooks, Mrs. Zelma Brand, Mrs. Sophia Yarnall Jacobs, James R. Robinson, Emma Thomas, Ethel Mingo, Collin Gonze, Catharine Raymond, Mary Robinson, Miss Deborah Kallen, A. Philip Randolph, the Steering Committee, Peter Weiss, the Executive Board, Betsy Lands, Winifred Courtney, Richard Kasdan, Mrs. Anne-Marie Stokes, Mrs. Zelma Brandt, Nelson Bengston, Joseph Jablow, Stanley Levison, Frank Montero, the Northern California Committee on Africa, Mary-Louise Hooper, the Washington Committee on Africa, Lewis Carliner of the United Auto Workers, William B. Landis, Adrian DeWind, Portuguese territories, the U.S. Mission to the UN, the State Department, Congressional leaders, and U.S. policy. [Note: Bruce B. Birkenhead is apparently T. Bruce Birkenhead; a copy of a paper by him, likely the one mentioned in this report, is available on this website.]

Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).

Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections