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Alternate Names: TransAfrica Forum
Duration: 1977 - 2015
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Newsletter: TransAfrica Legislative Update
TransAfrica News
TransAfrica Forum Issue Brief

TransAfrica was founded in July 1977 as an African American lobby on Africa and the Caribbean. Randall Robinson was the founding Executive Director, and he remained as President of the organization until 2001. On November 21, 1984, Robinson, Congressional delegate Walter Fauntroy, and Civil Rights Commissioner Mary Frances Berry were arrested at a sit-in at the office of South African Ambassador Fourie in Washington, D.C. Similar efforts followed at demonstrations outside South African embassy and consulates in other cities organized by what became the Free South Africa Movement. By the end of 1985, more than 3,000 people had been arrested in these protests. TransAfrica worked closely with the Congressional Black Caucus, which had been involved in its founding, in devising legislative strategy for the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986. TransAfrica Forum began as an educational affiliate of TransAfrica; the TransAfrica Forum continues to be active. The mission of TransAfrica Forum is to serve as an educational and organizing center that encourages progressive viewpoints in the United States foreign policy arena and advocates justice for the people of Africa and the African Diaspora. It promotes solidarity with the oppressed and supports human rights, gender equity, democracy, and sustainable economic and environmental development practices in Africa and other countries where people of African descent reside.

Organizational Archive

Title: TransAfrica Records
Time Span: 1960 - 2011, mostly 1977 - 1987
Media: 95.0 Cubic feet
Description: The TransAfrica Records document the day-to-day business of the organization as well as its history. Records include press releases, board of directors meeting minutes, annual reports, correspondence, development plans, financial documents, and annual reports. The archives include correspondence (1979 - 1985), speeches, Congressional testimonies, articles and other writings, subject files, fundraising information, printed materials and various petitions Also included are files on the Arthur Ashe Library, projects in Haiti, Latin America, South Africa (including reports on the Truth and Reconciliation Committee), intern files, and files on publications such as Africa Now and African Renewal Journal

Housed At: Howard University, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center
Location: 500 Howard Place, NW, Washington, DC 20059, United States
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Title: Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection, 1977-2000
Time Span: 1977 - 2000
Media: 10.0 Cubic Feet. Administrative Records, Artifacts, Brochures, Buttons (information artifacts), Correspondence, Journals (periodicals), Magazines (periodicals), Newsletters, Newspaper Clippings, Newspapers, Personal Papers, Photographs, Political Posters, Reports, T-Shirts, Video Tapes, posters
Description: Organizations worldwide worked to end apartheid, the system of government-sponsored racism in Southern and South Africa. Chicago was active in anti-apartheid efforts, passing sanctions against and divesting holdings from South Africa primarily through the efforts of local social justice, religious, and activist groups. Chicago organizations worked for the passing sanctions against working with companies that supported the apartheid government in South Africa, divesting their holdings from South Africa and South African banks, and encouraging other local governments and large cities to do the same. In 1990, Chicago was proclaimed a Sister Community to Alexandra Township, the largest township of Johannesburg. Series include: 1. Secondary Sources, 1981-1996, 2. Local Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1977-1995, 3. National Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1990-1995, 4. South African Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1989-1994, 5. International Anti Apartheid Organizations, 1982-1995, 6. Events, 1981-1995, 7. Conferences, 1983-1993, 8: Reports, 1978-1994, 9. Writings and Notes, 1985-2000, 10. Photographs, 1981-1994, 11. Artifacts, 1980's-1990's, 12. Publications, 1978-2000. Illinois organizations in the collection include: Chicago Alexandra Sister Community Project, Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa, Coalition for Illinois Divestment from South Africa, Clergy and Laity Concerned, Dennis Brutus Defense Committee, 8th Day Center for Justice, Illinois Labor Network Against Apartheid, Mozambique Solidarity Office, Mozambique Support Network, Southern Africa Network of the ECLA, Synapses, and TransAfrica. The collection also includes material of national organizations.
Housed At: Columbia College Chicago Archives
Location: Suite 201, 619 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605, United States
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Phone: (312) 369-7120
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