Southern Africa Committee

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Alternate Names: National Student Christian Federation Southern Africa Committee, University Christian Movement Southern Africa Committee
Duration: 1964-1983 (continued some activities later)
Location: New York, New York, United States
Newsletter: Rhodesia News Summary
Southern Africa
Southern Africa News Bulletin


The Southern Africa Committee (SAC) began in 1964 at the initiative of the Commission on World Mission of the National Student Christian Federation (NSCF). In 1965 SAC was formalized as a committee of the NSCF, which was transformed into the University Christian Movement (UCM) in 1966. In 1965 the NSCF began publishing a newsletter, the Rhodesia News Summary, in response to the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) by the Ian Smith regime in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). In 1966 the name was changed to Southern Africa News Bulletin and, in 1967, to Southern Africa: A Monthly Survey of News and Opinion. In 1970 the UCM was dissolved, but the Southern Africa Committee continued as an independent organization and kept publishing the newsletter which, by 1973, became a monthly magazine with the shortened name Southern Africa. The last issue of the magazine was published in 1983. Throughout its existence, Southern Africa covered the liberation struggle in Southern Africa, including the frontline states and Guinea-Bissau, U.S. policy and investment, and the solidarity movement. Although its publication was the main focus of SAC, the committee also was involved in various other solidarity activities. (Source: UCM and SAC publications; Southern Africa Magazine essay by William Minter posted on the Aluka website www.aluka.org; and former members of SAC Richard Knight, William Minter, Gail Hovey, and David Wiley.)

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Title: Southern Africa Collective collection
Time Span: About 1965-1983
Media: 3 linear feet
Description: Group of anti-apartheid activists and researchers. Contributed regularly to the journal SOUTHERN AFRICA and constituted the majority of its administrative staff. This monthly journal was published in New York by the Southern Africa Committee from 1965-1983. Research files consist mostly of manuscripts of articles for SOUTHERN AFRICA, 1965-1983. Included are correspondence, leaflets, petitions, mimeographed reports, printed matter, and memorabilia of the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement, a group of employees of the Polaroid Corporation in the United States opposed to the involvement of the company in the Pass Laws in South Africa. Research files also include some correspondence and printed matter, a mailing list, and miscellaneous administrative documents of the Southern Africa Collective. Subject files consist of magazine and newspaper clippings from South Africa, the United States, and Great Britain on the political and economic situation in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola, and Mozambique. Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division. Posters transferred to Art and Artifacts Division. Audiotapes transferred to Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division.
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
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