U.S. TENNIS INTERESTS AND SOUTH AFRICA

by Jewell Gresham, Coalition of Concerned Black Americans
New York, New York, United States
April 26, 1977
2 pages
Type: Memorandum
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Memorandum to Dennis Brutus of SAN-ROC (South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee) from Jewell Gresham. Gresham asks Brutus to review letters to tennis officials and U.S. government officials about attempt by the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) to force acceptance of South African athletes, as U.S. Tennis Open in Forest Hill is scheduled for August 31 to September 11. Gresham raises political and legal questions on which she believes the government will have to take a position. Also, Gresham’s group has sent letters to the publisher and editors of the NEW YORK TIMES and the President of CBS. She believes a strong challenge can be mounted against how news about Africa is either distorted, or even more frequently, omitted altogether. CBS coverage of the Davis Cup Match in California gave South African national exposure that was political in nature, leading her to request equal time. The memorandum says the U.S. Tennis Association is presently arranging a deal with New York City in which they plan to lease one of the city's stadium and renovate it. See copy of THE QUESTIONER; the goal is to reach at least 1,500 people in the Black community and other supporters. Gresham asks for more letters of protest to tennis leaders and to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Attorney General Griffin Bell, and W.E. Hester (tennis official). The memorandum was copied to Ray Gould, Dr, Richard Lapchick, Stanley V. Wright, Marshall C. Brown, and Bob Edgar.
Collection: Private collection of Robert Edgar