An Open letter to the Black Community
by Wanda Merritt, Charles Cooke, Gulf Boycott Coalition
Dayton, Ohio, United States
Undated, mid-1973?
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Angola
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Portugal, United Nations
Language: English
Mailing from two Black member of the Gulf Boycott Coalition informing people in the Black community that they may be contacted by representatives of the Gulf Oil Corporation to offer financial assistance to your organization or business. This recently happened in Dayton, Ohio with the visit of Luddy Hayden, Community Relations specialist of Gulf Oil Corp. Also, Gulf has retaining Zebra Associates, Inc. of New York City, a black-owned and operate advertising agency, to provide services related to Gulf's advertising in Black publications. The Gulf Boycott Coalition believes this is an effort by Gulf to buy the good will of the Black community. In 1973, Gulf will pay to the oppressive Portuguese government $55 million in taxes and royalties for its investment in Angola, where a war of independence has been underway since 1961. Thousands of Angolans have died in their fight for freedom, and over 200,000 have been forced to become refugees. Portugal would not be able to afford the military cost of suppressing the Angolan fight for independence were it not for the help and support it received from allies such as Gulf. Not only is Gulf adding to the oppression of millions of Angolan, but it is equally oppressive in its U.S. employment practices. The mailing concludes with”Help free our Black brothers and sisters in Angola! Boycott Gulf!” 
Used by permission of the Congregation for Reconciliation.
Collection: Brenda Randolph Africa archive, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections