Committee to Support African Independence


Duration: Unknown, existed in 1977
Location: New York, New York, United States


The Committee to Support African Independence supported African struggles against colonialism. (Source: Action Guide on Southern Africa, American Friends Service Committee, available on this website.)

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Title: South African apartheid collection
Time Span: 1961 - 1991
Media: 30 linear feet
Description: Most records are from 1985-1988. Includes information on South African non-Parliamentary opposition groups and U.S. and other anti-apartheid organizations. The collection documents the apartheid system in South Africa and the different stages of the liberation struggle which was instrumental in bringing about the decline of the system. The collection consists of printed materials such as newsclippings, publications, reports, press releases, newsletters, pamphlets and newspapers of the South African government, parliamentary parties, non-parliamentary groups such as the African National Congress, and American and other foreign groups. Arranged in nine series and additions: I. South African Government, 1961-1991. II. South African Parliamentary Parties, 1961-1991. III. Non-Parliamentary/Opposition/ Resistance Groups, 1961-1991. IV. South African Institutes and Foundations, 1966-1991. V American Government Policy Towards South Africa, 1974-1988. VI. Disinvestment/ Divestment, 1978-1987. VII. American Anti-Apartheid Pressure Groups, 1972-1991. VIII. International Pressure Groups, 1963-1991. IX. Posters and Printed Materials, 1970-1990. Series VI, DISINVESTMENT/DIVESTMENT, includes newsletters and reports of American organizations and institutions which have not only publicly opposed apartheid, but have also developed schemes to improve the welfare of black South Africans. One of the most effective strategies was to withdraw investments from South Africa. Hence, this series is a source for the divestment/disinvestment issue and its effectiveness as a strategy for change in the country. Many universities, especially Yale and Stanford, were at the forefront of this campaign. Additional material on this strategy can be found in Series IX. Series VII, AMERICAN ANTI-APARTHEID ORGANIZATIONS, is a fairly large series which focuses on the role of numerous American groups in removing racial oppression in South Africa. Through their newsletters, publications and campaigns, these organizations aimed not only to bring to the attention of the American people the plight of the oppressed, but also to design strategies to build the momentum for legislative action against South Africa. Of particular importance are the files of The Africa Fund, American Committee on Africa, Episcopal Church People for a Free Southern Africa, and the Washington Office on Africa. Through their work these groups were successful in providing medical, financial, and moral assistance to black South Africans and in ultimately influencing American corporate and government policy towards South Africa. Their publications, reports, and newsletters are a good source for information on the violence that was perpetrated in South Africa, especially in Natal. Series VIII, INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE GROUPS, contains material which focuses on the pressure exerted by non-American groups and their respective government on South Africa to bring an end to apartheid. Although most of these groups are based in Europe, the work of the British anti-apartheid organizations dominates these series.
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