Educators Against Racism and Apartheid

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Alternate Names: Educators Against Apartheid
Duration: 1985 - 1994
Location: New York, New York, United States
Newsletter: Educators Against Apartheid


Educators Against Racism and Apartheid (EARA) was founded by educators in 1985 as Educators Against Apartheid. The name was changed because members of the group thought it important that educators deal with issues of racism in the United States at the same time that they dealt with apartheid in South Africa. EARA met monthly (except in summer), usually in The Riverside Church. The organization developed educational materials including a monthly newsletter which went to teachers all over the United States. The organization published two editions of Apartheid Is Wrong: A Curriculum for Young People which was funded in part by the United Nations Special Commission on Apartheid. The curriculum had lessons for teachers in all curriculum areas. It was used by teachers from early childhood classrooms all the way through universities. The group produced a filmstrip about apartheid, particularly issues that impacted young people, with a cassette narrated by the Ruby Dee, who contributed her labor for the project. One of the organization's projects was a boycott of Kellogg cereals because children could relate to Kelloggs more easily than other corporations that were involved in South Africa. Many young people participated in that boycott. The organization worked to get the New York City Teacher's Retirement System to divest itself from corporations doing business in South Africa. Members organized and participated in many demonstrations.

Organizational Archive


Title: Educators Against Racism and Apartheid papers
Time Span: 1985 - 1994
Description: The archive includes copies of the curriculum guide and the newsletter, some original and copied correspondence (for example with Oliver Tambo and young American children from the 1980s), both editions of the curriculum, anti-apartheid flyers, buttons, and photographs and videocassettes of group-sponsored events and performances (including a children xs play and a school class) from 1990 to 1993. This collection forms part of the African Activist Archive collections. Archives deposited by Paula Rogovin, one of the founding members and a former President of the Board of Directors.
Housed At: Michigan State University Library, Special Collections
Location: 100 Library, East Lansing, MI 48824, United States
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Phone: 517-353-8700
Related Website: http://www.lib.msu.edu/spc/index/