Champaign-Urbana Coalition Against Apartheid

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Duration: Spring 1978 – through at least 1991
Location: Urbana, Illinois, United States


The Champaign-Urbana Coalition Against Apartheid (CUCAA) was an anti-apartheid group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Divestment work on campus had already been going on for about one year when the group was formed. A miners' strike in South Africa in early 1978 galvanized many people to join a study group that then assumed the name Champaign-Urbana Coalition Against Apartheid. A Letter to the Editor in the Daily Illini in October 1978 from two members of the group (Dean McHenry and Dawn Manire) explained that the Coalition, which included students, faculty, alumni, and community members, was politically diverse, ranging from what some would regard as very moderate to radical. The Coalition had two shared objectives. "First, we are united in our opposition to the direct and indirect support which is given to the system of apartheid by the government, public institutions and private businesses, and many people's apathy toward those oppressed by the system. Second, we are united by our support for the struggle of the South African people to achieve majority rule." The organization continued and broadened its work in the early 1990s and changed its name to the Champaign-Urbana Coalition on Africa.

Organizational Archive


Title: Champaign-Urbana Coalition Against Apartheid
Time Span: 1964 - 1991
Media: 10 boxes, 8.6 cubic feet
Description: The archive includes articles, correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photos, posters, publications, and reports of American committee on Africa (1983-89), the Divest Now Coalition (1979-86), U.N. Center Against Apartheid (1977-84) and regarding apartheid, anti-apartheid organizations, boycotts, corporate and university divestment, human rights (1978-94), labor unions, Mozambique (1987-91), Namibia (1974-88), and women (1980-81). Deposited by Al Kagan. Includes additional CUCAA papers deposited by William G. Martin, faculty advisor of CUCAA, 1986-1999, University of Illinois.
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