Princeton University, South African Investments and the Black Experience

by William R. Scott, Carl Spight
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
January 1, 1969
12 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: Malawi
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
This paper, prepared for the Association of Black Collegians and the Committee for Black Awareness, expresses the position of the four Afro-American students representing these groups who participated on the Ad Hoc Committee on Princeton University's Investments during the fall of 1968. The report says that, in April 1868, a group of New Jersey residents learned that Princeton University was supporting and benefiting from the South African economy through its investment of over $100 million in at least 40 U.S. companies with direct holding, affiliates, or subsidiaries in South Africa. A group led by the New Jersey Committee on Southern Africa (an organization of concerned blacks and whites) and the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS, mobilized more than 250 Princetonians on April 19 to protest these University's investments. The group also sent a letter to members of the Princeton University Board of Trustees, and a meeting was arranged of signatories with a delegation of the Board. The student delegation was composed of David Wiley, co-chairman of the N.J. Committee on Southern Africa; William Scott, Committee for Black Awareness and co-chairman of New Jersey Committee on Southern Africa; Homer Ashby, Association of Black Collegians; John Gerhardt, Woodrow Wilson Society; Gerald Hoffman, Students for a Democratic Society; and Mohammed Diop, Pan African Students Association. Contents: I. Background • II. Review and Summary of the Committee's Proceedings • III. The Black Experience vis-à-vis Princeton's Investments in southern Africa
Used by permission of William Scott.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root