Minutes of the Executive Board Meeting of the American Committee on Africa September 9, 1957

by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York
Undated, sometime after September 9. 1957 and before the next Executive Board meeting on September 30, 2957
4 pages
Type: Meeting Minutes
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: Attendance • Report of Finance Committee • Report on Declaration of Conscience • Tax Exemption • Next Annual Report • A.J. Muste • Brief Recommendations • ANNUAL FINANCE REPORT • About 450 world leaders have been asked to sponsor the Declaration of Conscience, Gilbert Jonas said, and so far around 60 have accepted. He outlined steps to build this world-wide campaign against apartheid. A brochure will be published about the campaign, including a listing of sponsors, to be distributed internationally. It will encourage local protest meetings on Human Rights Day, December 10. In October, a 50,000-piece mailing will be sent out to solicit funds for the campaign. In October, George Houser will go on a national tour for fundraising and establishing protest meetings in many U.S. cities. The Nov.-Dec. issue of AFRICA TODAY will examine apartheid in the Union of South Africa by authorities on labor, business, education, religion, etc. On Human Rights Day, people from sympathetic organizations will picket the U.N.; and the campaign will culminate that evening with a rally at Manhattan Center to be chaired by Dean Pike. Walter Reuther and Gov. G. Mennan Williams may be the main speakers, and, if Sidney Poitier is in town, he will appear on the program. The Finance Committee will recommend at the next Board meeting how much emphasis ACOA should place on raising money for the S.A. Defense Fund. Houser pointed out that the needs of the 156 people now undergoing preliminary hearings on charges of treason have increased enormously because of the length of the proceedings; all but a handful of these people are dependent on donated funds for the survival of their families and themselves. Houser recommended that ACOA assist M'burumba Getzen in his presentations at the U. N., as requested by various South West Africans. He also recommended that a U.N. Committee be set up (Elizabeth Landis and George Shepherd have been working on a U.N. statement), that various ACOA committees be reconstituted, and that action be taken on arrangements for speaking tours for Violaine Junod and W.M. [Manoah] Chirwa. The minutes discuss full-page advertisements, the New York Times, Alan Paton, the Treasury Department, Donald Harrington, Peter Weiss, George Edmund Haynes, Keith Irvine, Elizabeth Landis, Frank Montero, Elliot Newcomb, Bayard Rustin, Adelaide Schulkind, Robert Trentlyon, Dale Harrison, Ghana celebrations, and Mboya trip. 
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections