Robert F. Kennedy and Bishop C. Edward Crowther

Robert F. Kennedy and Bishop C. Edward Crowther

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Kimberly, South Africa
June 5, 1966
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Senator Robert F Kennedy and Bishop C. Edward Crowther met on June 5, 1966 at Kimberly Airport. Kennedy, who was invited to South Africa by the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS), was en route to Cape Town to deliver an important speech. Instead of using a special airport room provided by officials, Kennedy and Crowther walked back and forth on the airstrip to converse for 20 minutes while reporters and members of the Special Branch stood at a distance. Kennedy used the trip to express support for the struggle against apartheid. Bishop Crowther was born in England but became a U.S. citizen before going to South Africa. When Crowther was consecrated Bishop of Kimberly and Kuruman in November 1965 at the age of 36, he was the youngest bishop in the Anglican Communion. Crowther went into African townships and spoke out against apartheid. He was expelled from South Africa in 1967. (Source: Robert Maurer and Larry Shore)
Collection: Robert E. Maurer Papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections