ANNUAL REPORT West Coast Representative AFRICA DEFENSE AND AID FUND January - December, 1961

by Mary-Louise Hooper, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
Undated, about March or early April 1962
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
9 pages
Contents: TRIPS • LECTURING • OTHER ACTIVITIES • 1. Letters Written • 2. Articles Written • 3. T.V. Appearances • 4. Community Participation • 5. Russwurm Award • DEFENSE FUND PROJECTS • 1. Algeria Meeting • 2. Algerian Refugee Students • 3. Angola Refugee Appeal • 4. Direct Assistance to South Africa • FINANCIAL STATEMENT • [Dear Friend: The civil war in Angola has already claimed an estimated 3,000 lives of Portuguese settlers, and at least 50,000 Africans] • MEMO ON THE MARCH 1961 REVOLT IN ANGOLA • The report says the year 1961, although a very busy one for the West Coast Representative, has not brought as tangible financial results as the preceding one of 1960. The report says this is due to three factors: her repeated and perhaps too-prolonged absence from the West Coast--although each trip was in the service of the general African cause; the fact that no outstanding African leaders were sent on tour in 1961, to be used to promote fund-raising meetings; and the considerable time spent on preparation for organization of a Northern California Committee on Africa, which it is hoped will pay dividends in the future. The report says a trip to Africa took 9 weeks out of the work schedule, from March 6 to May 15; your representative spent 3 weeks in Egypt where she had been appointed as an official delegate of the African National Congress of South Africa to the Third All African Peoples Conference, but was prevented from serving in this capacity by the extreme anti-American sentiment of the Conference, due mainly to anger at the murder of Lumumba; Kenya, Tanganyika and Mozambique were also visited on this trip, and a month was spent in Swaziland, seeing friends and officials of the African National Congress. The report says other major trips were as a delegate to the UNESCO Conference in Boston in October (invited by the State Department); and to Oslo, Norway, in December, where the West Coast Representative served as a member of the staff of Chief Albert J. Lutuli when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. The report says an 11-day visit to Los Angeles in September, plus many shorter California trips for lecturing--to Sacramento, Stockton, San Luis Obispo, Redwood City, Palo Alto, etc., completes the list of travel. The report says a total of 925 pounds of good used clothing was gathered by the young people of the Mill Valley Community Church, and presented to the West Coast Representative for shipment to the 800 Algerian refugee students in Tunis; the Church also donated the money for necessary cleaning, and for shipment. The report discusses University of California at Berkeley, Howard University, a Friends Committee on Legislation Forum, civil rights, James Farmer, CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), apartheid, the Steering Committee for San Francisco AFRICA WEEK, not-yet-independent African States, Arthur Wina, Northern Rhodesia, A.K. Chanderli, the Provisional Government of Algeria, the John Russwurm Award, the National Association of Newspaper Publishers, Front of National Liberation (National Liberation Front, FLN), South Africa United Front (Tanganyika); the African National Congress (Basutoland), South African refugees in Basutoland, the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), Oliver Tambo, MPLA, Mario Andrade, UPA, Holden Roberto, the African National Congress (ANC), forced labor, colonial rule, Portuguese authorities, The Rt. Rev. James A. Pike, the Episcopal Diocese of California, Dr. Max Nussbaum, Temple Israel, Rev. Malcolm McVeigh, Portuguese rule, Portuguese retaliation, the Baptist Missionary Society, African refugees, relief efforts, Congo Protestant Relief Agency, the World Council of Churches, the British Inter-Church Aid and Refugee Service, American-made bombs, and the Institut Medical Evangelique at Komoes.

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

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