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Harvard-Radcliffe Southern Africa Solidarity Committee

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Alternate Names: South African Solidarity Committee, Southern Africa Solidarity Committee
Duration: Spring 1977 – Unknown, early 1990s
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


The Harvard-Radcliffe Southern Africa Solidarity Committee (SASC) was a student anti-apartheid organization at Harvard University and Radcliffe College. SASC initially adopted the goal of getting Harvard to take a public stand favoring U.S. corporate withdrawal from South Africa and for ending all bank loans to that country. SASC campaigned to get Harvard and Radcliffe to divest from companies doing business in South Africa. [Note: the organization with the name Southern Africa Solidarity Committee which became the Boston Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa (BCLSA) - see description - was a different organization.] (Source: David Goodman, a former member of SASC; SASC material on this website; Anti-Apartheid Organizing On Campus... ....And Beyond, South Africa Catalyst Project, available on this website; < A CONFLICTED RELATIONSHIP, Harvard supported South Africa through investments, but partially divested under protest by Adam A. Sofen and Alan E. Wirzbicki, The Harvard Crimson, September 18, 1998; "Yes on 1", The Harvard Crimson, December 12, 1978; "Protesters, Tutu to Share Stage", The Harvard Crimson, January 8, 1986; "HRAAA Presents Candidates", The Harvard Crimson, February 12, 1988; Student and Youth Action News, The Africa Fund, available on this website; Chapter 5, The 1980s: The Anti-Apartheid Convergence, Massachusetts and Beyond by David Goodman in No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000 book and website; A Gala Benefit Performance of Cry Freedom , Harvard and Radcliffe Alumni/ae, June 3, 1990, available on this website; and Alan Zaslavsky, a former member of the Boston Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa.)