Michigan Coalition for Human Rights

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Duration: 1980 - present (African activism mostly 1984-1990)
Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States


The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) was as formed in Detroit in December 1980 by a group of Detroit-area religious leaders representing a broad range of Judeo-Christian and Muslim denominations. The MCHR was heavily involved in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. By 1984 MCHR was discouraging investment in South Africa and protesting the sale of South Africa's Krugerrand gold coins; 20 stores stopped selling the Krugerrand. MCHR expanded its campaign to include all South Africa imports including lobsters and other food items. Over the course of the next several years, the group promoted several anti-Apartheid events in the Detroit-area including appearances by high-profile African dignitaries including Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. (Source: Michigan Coalition for Human Rights website; and Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Records, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University)

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Title: Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Records
Time Span: 1975-2005, bulk 1981-1995 (most Africa material 1980s and early 1990s)
Description: The Michigan Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR) was formed in Detroit in December 1980 by a group of Detroit-area religious leaders representing a broad range of Judeo Christian and Muslim denominations. Initially MCHR was organized with the goal of providing a liberal alternative to conservative Christian organizations. The organization was dedicated to improving race relations in the Detroit area and promoting social justice and other liberal causes in the state of Michigan and nationwide as well as the promotion of human rights in Africa and other international regions. Issues including capital punishment, race relations in Detroit, gay rights, children's rights, apartheid in South Africa, and US involvement in Central America. Includes material related to a campaign against the South African gold coin called the Krugerrand and a boycott of South African products.
Housed At: Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
Location: 5401 Cass Ave., Detroit MI 48202, United States
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Phone: 313-577-4024
Reference Email: reutherreference@wayne.edu
Related Website: http://www.reuther.wayne.edu