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Committee for Justice in South Africa

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Duration: 1984 or 1985 - 1989
Location: Pennsylvania, United States


The Committee for Justice in South Africa was a student organization at Pennsylvania State University that campaigned to get the university to divest from companies doing business in South Africa that was formed in 1984 or 1985. On March 10, 1986, the Committee for Justice in South Africa and the Black Student Coalition Against Racism built South African style shanties on the campus to protest the university’s investments in companies doing business in South Africa. On March 19, 1986 the two organizations occupied the office of the University president for more than two hours to protest the University’s investments. In September 1987 the University Board of Trustees voted to divest all holdings from companies doing business in South Africa. In early 1989 the Committee for Justice in South Africa joined the boycott of Coca-Cola products because of the company’s investment in South Africa. (Source Todd May, a former member of the Committee for Justice in South Africa; “Penn State University African American Chronicles 1899-Present” compiled by Darryl B. Daisey, Revised Edition, February 2011 accessed October 6, 2016; “Apartheid discussed in CJSA program” by Debra Yuhasz, The Daily Collegian, February 15, 1988; and “CJSA to boycott Coke on campus” by Kelly Davis, The Daily Collegian, February 14, 1989)