George M. Houser, Tom Mboya, Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, and William X. Scheinman

George M. Houser, Tom Mboya, Senator Hubert H. Humphrey, and William X. Scheinman

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Washington, DC, United States
April or May 1959
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: Kenya
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
From left to right: American Committee on Africa Executive Director George M. Houser, Tom Mboya, Senator Hubert H. Humphrey and William X. Scheinman. In April and May 1959, Tom Mboya, President of the Kenya Federation of Labor, toured the United States on a tour organized by the American Committee on Africa (ACOA). Mboya crisscrossed the United States making as many as six speeches a day. Mboya addressed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on Africa and met privately with national leaders, including John E Kennedy, Hubert Humphrey, Adlai Stevenson, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Roy Wilkins and union leaders. On every college campus where he talked, Mboya met with officials and asked for scholarships for African students; by the end of the tour, he had promises of more that 40 scholarships. The African American Students Foundation was set up to bring students, mostly from Kenya, to take advantage of the scholarships. (Source: No One Can Stop The Rain: Glimpses of Africa's Liberation Struggle by George M. Houser, The Pilgrim Press, 1989 available on this website and "Meeting Africa's Challenge: The Story of The American Committee on Africa" by George M. Houser, Issue: A Quarterly Journal of Africanist Opinion, Vol. 6 No. 2/3, Summer/Fall 1976, African Studies Association)
Collection: William X. Scheinman Papers, Hoover Institution Archives