Southern Africa Resource Project

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Duration: 1981 - 1991
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States


After moving to Los Angeles in 1981, Warren "Bud" Day and Carol Thompson founded the Southern Africa Resource Project (SARP) in response to the need for dissemination of materials about Southern Africa in Southern California. SARP's focus was on providing resources and thus it only staged events in coalition with other anti-apartheid organizations in Los Angeles. SARP supplied organizations in Southern California with campaign materials from national offices, press clips, lists of available films and books, media contact lists and locally written analyses. Members of SARP tabled at innumerable activist events, including those for Central America, and wrote many letters to the editors of local newspapers about Southern African issues. SARP worked with independent book stores to stock progressive books on Southern Africa. Responding to the need for information about anti-apartheid activities and U.S. policy in Africa, from 1981-1984, SARP collected and copied various information materials to send to comrades in Southern Africa, mainly Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. In exchange, SARP received information from NGOs and others, especially Mozambique Information Agency (AIM). (Source: Carol Thompson).

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Title: Carol B. Thompson and Bud Day Papers on Southern Africa
Time Span: 1970s - 1990
Description: The archive of Carol Thompson and Warren "Bud" Day reflects their activities in support of Southern Africa liberation in the United States and Africa. Their solidarity activity which began when Day, campus minister at Michigan State University (MSU), and Thompson, a political science doctoral candidate and MSU, founded the Southern Africa Liberation Committee (SALC) in 1972. They were involved in the founded of Concerned Americans in Southern Africa (CASA) when they lived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from late 1977 to mid-1980. This involvement with CASA continued when the lived in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1985-1986 and in1992-1993 plus four other time in shorter periods ranging from two to six months. During their time in Zimbabwe, Carol was based at the University of Zimbabwe and her research and writing addressed the whole Southern African region (Southern Africa Development Community). Bud worked in water and sanitation and was country director of Oxfam America (1985-1986) and of International Voluntary Services (1992-1993) while in Harare. Bud Day was Peace Education Secretary, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Chicago (1976-1977) and in Pasadena, CA (1977-1978). After moving to Los Angeles in 1981 they founded the Southern Africa Research Project (SARP) in response to the need for dissemination of materials about Southern Africa in Southern California. SARP's focus was on providing resources and thus it only staged events in coalition with other anti-apartheid organizations in Los Angeles. The archive includes material on the Southern Africa Support Committee (SASC), funded in the early 1970s by people associated with the Black Panthers, which became the most consistent and enduring liberation support group in Los Angeles (see separate organization description). SASC was one of the organizations that SARP worked with and supplied information to. The archives includes material on campaigns, many involving SASC including against Del Monte for fishing in Namibia waters, the attempt of South Africa to open a consulate in Los Angeles, and the Krugerrand. There were also campaigns in sport of the sports and cultural boycott including South African participation in the Davis Cup tennis tournament in Newport Beach and U.S. artists performing in South Africa. Collection donated by Carol Thompson. (Source: Carol Thompson)
Housed At: Michigan State University Library, African Activist Archive
Location: Special Collections, East Lansing, Michigan 48824, United States
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Phone: 517-353-8700
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