Church on Trial in South Africa

by Chicago Coalition on Southern Africa, Clergy and Laity Concerned, American Friends Service Committee
Chicago, Illinois, United States
July 1, 1980
Publisher: American Friends Service Committee, Chicago Coalition on Southern Africa, Clergy and Laity Concerned
1 page
Leaflet distributed at a vigil outside the South African Consulate protesting the scheduled trial of 53 South African clergy and lay leaders charged for their non-violent demonstration on May 27th protesting the policies of apartheid. The 53 include blacks and whites, as well as heads of the Congregational, Anglican and Methodist churches in the Johannesburg area. During the May protest, they carried Bibles and sang hymns as they passed out leaflets protesting the continued detention of Rev. John Thorne, a United Congregational minister who supported the recent boycott of segregated schools by 'coloured' schoolchildren. The leaflet outlines the repression of South African churches and the church's role in the struggle for freedom. The leaflet asks people to write or call the South African Consulate in Chicago and to Bishop Desmond Tutu to support church opponents of racial segregation and also to make sure their local church or pension fund does not profit from apartheid.
Used by permission of former members of Chicago Coalition on Southern Africa.
Collection: Carole Collins Africa Collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections