[You may have heard of the five Africans from South Africa, former members of the cast of the Broadway musical "Sponono," who are seeking political asylum]

by George M. Houser, Norman Thomas, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
April 30, 1965
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
1 page
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The principle of granting asylum by the US has already been well established for refugees from Communist countries. No such precedent, however, has been set for South Africans who are totally opposed to, have suffered under, and do not wish to return to the tyranny of apartheid in South Africa. We of the American Committee on Africa, in cooperation with the Workers Defense League, are seeking to establish such a precedent in the Sponono Case. The Workers Defense League has been handling the legal side of this case. At the most recent Immigration hearing on April 26 and 27, the trial attorney for the Government Immigration service requested postponement of a decision until he receives recommendations and advice on the case from the State Department in Washington. The letter urges people to write or telegraph the Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, Department of State, Washington, DC, sending a copy of your letter or telegram to the Attorney General, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, Department of Justice, Washington, DC. [Note: The Fact Sheet referred to in the letter is available on this website as a separate document.]
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections