Mary-Louise Hooper

Mary-Louise Hooper

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United States
Undated, about late 1950s or 1960s
Type: Photograph
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Southern Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Mary-Louise Hooper of the American Committee on Africa. In 1958 she became the West Coast Representative of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) and later worked in ACOA's New York office. She also served as director of ACOA's South Africa Program. Her work at ACOA included raising money for political prisoners and their families for the Africa Defense and Aid Fund, arranging public meetings for African leaders, public speaking, helping African students in the U.S. and other countries. She played a key role in organizing the "We Say No to Apartheid" a declaration of American Artists Against Apartheid opposing cultural contacts with South Africa which was signed by 65 well-known performers. Between 1964 and 1968, she edited ACOA's newsletter South African Bulletin (later renamed Southern Africa Bulletin). She co-coordinated the Committee of Conscience Against Apartheid (initiated by the ACOA and the University Christian Movement), which campaigned against Chase Manhattan and First National City for their financial support to apartheid.
Used by permission of George M. Houser.
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections