by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
July 1967
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
11 pages
Type: Conference Presentation
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Paper for the International Seminar on Apartheid, Racial Discrimination and Colonialism in Southern Africa in Kitwe, Zambia. The paper says the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) has supported the struggle for independence by introducing many African leaders to the American people through speaking tours, giving assistance to liberation leaders who have come as petitioners to the United Nations, sponsoring Africa Freedom Day rallies, campaigning against U.S. banks lending to the Republic of South Africa, discouraging American musicians and artists from visiting southern African countries, and holding public protests. Houser discusses the difficult challenges confronting the liberation movement in southern Africa. Both South Africa and Portugal have increased their military expenditures, and Portugal has an estimated 50,000 troops in Angola and 40,000-50,000 troops in Mozambique. U.S. investment in South Africa has grown to almost $800 million, by more than 250 corporations. People in the U.S. sympathetic to the struggle against racism in southern Africa are drawn from the labor movement, liberal church community, civil rights struggle, and large sections of the student movement. In Congress, legislation should be sponsored to end South Africa’s sugar quota and to close U.S. tracking stations in South Africa. A campaign must be launched to keep South Africa out of the next Olympic Games. [Note on date: The seminar was held in July 1967.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive