Campaign to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa

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Alternate Names: Committee to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa
Duration: 1977 - 1985?
Location: New York, New York, United States
Newsletter: COBLSA News


The Committee to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa (COBLSA) was formed in 1977. In 1979 the name was changes to Campaign to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa (COBLSA). COBLSA was initiated by The American Committee on Africa (ACOA), Clergy and Laity Concerned (CALC) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). ACOA and CALC were the national sponsors. Nearly 50 organizations nationally participated in the campaign. It operated out of the ACOA office. The first coordinators were Prexy Nesbitt of ACOA and Gene Jones of CALC. On June 1, 1979 Dumisani Kumalo became national coordinator. About 1981 Carole Collins, an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, became the national coordinator and COBLSA moved out of the ACOA office to Washington, DC.. (Source: ACOA and COBLSA publications; "Banking on Apartheid" by Carole Collins, Multinational Monitor, Volume 4, Number 4, April 1983)

Organizational Archive


Title: American Committee on Africa
Time Span: 1949 - 2001
Media: 284.07 Linear Feet; publications, correspondence, research files, pamphlets, periodicals, posters, photos, audio tapes, videos, etc.
Description: Papers, records, publications 1949-2001 of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA). Includes the some material of Americans for South African Resistance (AFSAR). The collection includes the correspondence, project and research files of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA). The collection includes publications, newsletters, photos, posters, videos and films published by ACOA and other organizations. The collection includes papers, articles and correspondence of Adotei Akwei, Michael Fleshman, Jennifer Davis, James Farmer, Donald Harrington, Mary-Louise Hooper, George M. Houser, Paul Irish, Richard Knight, Dumisani S. Kumalo, Richard Lapchick, Conrad Lynn, Frank Montero, Prexy Nesbitt, Andrew E. Norman, Joshua Nessen, Wyatt Tee Walker, Peter Weiss and many others. It also includes correspondence with numerous African liberation movement leaders. In May 2013 a finding aid American Committee on Africa records addendum, 1949-2001 was added. The collection also includes material from many other U.S. and international solidarity and anti-colonial and anti-apartheid organizations. For more information on see "No One Can Stop the Rain: Glimpses of Africa's Liberation Struggle" by George M. Houser (New York: The Pilgrim Press, 1989) and "Meeting Africa's Challenge - The Story of ACOA" by George M. Houser, ISSUE: A Quarterly Journal of Africanist Opinion, Volume VI, Numbers 2/3 Summer /Fall 1976. Donated by the American Committee on Africa.
Housed At: Amistad Research Center
Location: Tilton Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Phone: (504) 862-3222
Reference Email: reference@amistadresearchcenter.org
Related Website: http://www.amistadresearchcenter.org

Organizational Archive


Title: Campaign to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa (COBLSA) records
Time Span: 1967-1995, primarily 1977 - 1983
Media: 9 boxes; 15.22 Linear Feet
Description: The Campaign to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa (COBLSA) was formed in 1977 as the Committee to Oppose Bank Loans to South Africa. The committee was initially organized and sponsored by the American Committee on Africa and the Clergy and Laity Concerned (CALC), but become an independent organization soon after. The campaign work was initially directed by ACOA staff member Prexy Nesbitt and CACL member Gene Jones and involved over 48 cooperating organizations in many cities and states across the United States. COLBSA's purpose was to link the efforts of national and local anti-apartheid groups, churches, unions, university and colleges, and community groups in pressuring United States banks to end all loans to the South African government, its agencies, and corporations doing business there. COLBSA was initially located in the New York office of ACOA and then relocated to Washington, D.C. During Carole Collins' tenure as national coordinator (1981-circa 1983) COLBSA was permanently removed from ACOA’s offices. Individuals coordinating the work included Prexy Nesbitt (1977-1979), Dumisani Kumalo (1979-1981), and Carole Collins (1981-1983). Donated by Carole Collins.
Housed At: Amistad Research Center
Location: Tilton Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Phone: (504) 862-3222
Reference Email: reference@amistadresearchcenter.org
Related Website: http://www.amistadresearchcenter.org