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Coalition for a Free Southern Africa (Columbia University)

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Alternate Names: Coalition for a Free South Africa
Duration: 1981-1986 or later
Location: New York, New York, United States


The Coalition for a Free South Africa at Columbia University was formed in 1981. A multiracial organization, its main objectives were to educate and to mobilize opposition to apartheid. The Coalition grew and was comprised of Columbia University students, faculty, alumni and staff. On March 25, 1985 seven member of the Coalition began a fast in protest of Columbia University's South Africa-related investments. On April 5, 1985 the Coalition and 100-200 students blockaded Hamilton Hall and chained closed its front doors. The "Divestment Blockade" lasted a long time. In 1985 the organization changed its name to the Coalition for a Free Southern Africa because it wanted to broaden its focus to include other countries including Namibia and Mozambique. (Source: Tanaquil Jones, a member of the Coalition for a Free Southern Africa; and documents of the Coalition for a Free Southern Africa.)