Pan African Solidarity Committee


Alternate Names: Pan African Solidarity Committee
Duration: Unknown, 1969 or early 1970 - Unknown, late 1970?
Location: New York, New York, United States


The Pan-African Solidarity Committee campaigned in support of African struggles against colonialism and apartheid. On May 25, 1970 the Pan-African Solidarity Committee organized a march from Harlem to the United Nations marking the anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU). The march also commemorated the birthday of Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh on May 19. At the UN the names of people who had died in the struggle for freedom in the Africa and the U.S. were read out. (Source: Robert Van Lierop, a former member of the Pan-African Solidarity Committee; and RE: Nominations by Robert Browne, American Committee on Africa, April 15, 1970 available on this website)


Related Archive
Title: Van Lierop (papers); Robert
Time Span: 1968 - 1988
Media: Papers collection: 4.2 linear feet. Photo collection: 54, items (2 liner feet, 1 box). A Luta Continua: 1 film reel (36 minutes), 16 mm.
Description: The personal archives of Robert F. Van Lierop, an African American political activist and filmmaker. The archive documents his activities as a political activist on behalf of liberation movements in Southern Africa and East Timor, as an independent filmmaker and television producer, and as the Permanent Representative of Vanuatu at the United Nations. Robert Van Lierop began his professional career in 1967 as an Assistant Counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the areas of civil rights and school desegregation. He founded the Mozambique Film Project and traveled to Africa in 1971 and produced his first film on the struggle for independence in Mozambique, A Luta Continua based on footage shot inside the liberated areas. A second film, O Povo Organizado, was completed in 1976 after Mozambique’s independence. As co-producer of "Like It Is," a weekly black television new and documentary program, he produced several documentaries, including an analysis of the United Nations and a conference on Southern Africa. He also conducted two delegations of African-American activists and professionals to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Cuba in 1978 and 1979. The collection consists, for the most part, of correspondence, reports, memoranda, draft articles and speeches, research materials and printed matter. Organizations represented in the collection include: the American Committee on Africa, the Pan-African Solidarity Committee, and the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement, a group that opposed Polaroid's and other American corporate investments in South Africa. More recent files relate to East Timor and its struggle against Indonesian aggression, to Zimbabwe and Vanuatu, and to the tenth Pan-African Festival of Cinema, held in Burkina Faso in 1987. Photographs separated to Photographs and Prints Division see Robert Van Lierop photograph collection . Films have been separated: A Luta Continua, see <a data-cke-saved-href="http://nypl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/14046128052_a_luta_continua target=" href="http://nypl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/14046128052_a_luta_continua target=" _blank"=""> A Luta continua and O Povo Organizado (The People Organized) see O Povo Organizado (Source: Schomburg finding aid/catalog record and Robert F. Van Lierop.)
Housed At: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Location: The New York Public Library, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Restrictions: Some material off site, contact in advance
Phone: (212) 491-2200
Related Website: http://www.nypl.org/research/sc/sc.html