Southern Africa Relief Fund

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Duration: 1967-early 1970s
Location: Brookline Village, Massachusetts, United States


The Southern Africa Relief Fund (SARF) was established by a group of concerned Black people to provide monies for food, clothing and other forms of humanitarian relief in Southern Africa. In addition to seeing financial assistance from all concerned Americans, SARF sought to provide a vehicle through which Black Americans, by their contributions, can demonstrate their commitment to the problems of their African brethren. SARF focused on eight nations, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde Islands, Sao Tome and Principe, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), South Africa and South West Africa (Namibia) that were dominated by European minorities. Key members included Randall Robinson (chairman) and other students at Harvard Law School including Dennis R. Tourse (Vice-Chairman), Robert C. Holmes (Secretary), Brenda Randolph Robinson (Treasurer), Cherry Holmes (Assistant Treasurer) and Robert Freeman (Executive Secretary). SARF produced a slide show that was widely shown in the Boston area including on Say Brother, WGBH's public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans. SARF used the address of the Harvard Black Law Students Association, of which most of its organizers were members, but apparently was independent, including having an independent bank account. Many SARF members later founded the Pan-African Liberation Committee. (Source: Text largely from SARF documents and Brenda Randolph.)

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Title: Brenda Randolph Africa archive
Time Span: About 1967 - 1974
Media: <1> box (<3> folders) ; 27 x 32 x 13 cm. The collection includes documents and correspondence.
Description: The collection includes material of the Southern Africa Relief Fund (1970-1971) and the Pan-African Liberation Committee (1972-1974). The Southern Africa Relief Fund (SARF) was established by a group of concerned Black people to provide monies for food, clothing and other forms of humanitarian relief in Southern Africa. SARF focused on eight nations, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde Islands, Sao Tome and Principe, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), South Africa and South West Africa (Namibia) that were dominated by European minorities. The Pan-African Liberation Committee campaigned to boycott of Gulf Oil because of its exploitation of oil in the Portuguese colony of Angola. The collection includes a small amount of material of the African Youth Movement for Liberation and Unity.
Housed At: Michigan State University Library, Special Collections
Location: 100 Library, East Lansing, MI 48824, United States
Catalog/Finding Aid: view
Phone: 517-353-8700
Related Website: http://www.lib.msu.edu/spc/index/

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