Celebrate South Africa Day at the African Festival of the Arts

Join us in continuing to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the African National Congress and its heroes and heroines
by Chicago-Midwest ANC Centenary Committee
Chicago, Illinois, United States
October 2012 or somewhat earlier
4 pages
Type: Program
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Brochure advertising a celebration of South Africa Day at the African Festival of the Arts on October 27th at Chicago State University New Academic Library. The brochure says October is Oliver Tambo Month. The brochure says join us and meet with the Honorable V. Tulelo, Consul General of South Africa at Noon, stay for a screening of the South African Film "Amandla!" at the ICE Theaters Film Pavilion. The brochure says the event includes film of the struggle inside and outside South Africa, a panel of South African and U.S. activists. Discussion of the African Liberation Struggle, audience Q/A and participation, and Celebration and Refreshments. The brochure includes Biography of Oliver Reginald Tambo. The brochure says Oliver Tambo (Oct 27,1917-April 24,1993) was the president of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1969; he spent more than 30 years in exile; after his years as a student leader at Fort Hare University, he returned to Johannesburg, helping to form the ANC Youth League with others including Anton Lembede, Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela; in 1955, the drafting of the Freedom Charter meant jail for members of the ANC National Action Committee, and after his release, Tambo and Chief Luthuli led the struggle while others remained detained; after the Sharpeville Massacre, Tambo led a "Mission in Exile,'' gaining international support for the South African struggle, articulating the ANC's struggle in Scandinavia, England, throughout Eastern and Western Europe, and at the United Nations. By the 1980s, as President of the ANC, he was recognized by the Organization of African Unity as a head of state in exile; he continued organizing, meeting with activists in NY and Chicago, and due to his untiring efforts, suffered a stroke in 1989; while recuperating, the ANC was unbanned; in 1990 he returned home to the first ANC Congress inside South Africa since its banning; Nelson Mandela was elected President of the ANC and Oliver Tambo its National Chairman; he suffered a fatal stroke April 23, 1993; he remains one of free South Africa's most honored heroes.
Collection: Kathleen M. Devine papers