Interview with Frank Beeman

by Frank Beeman (interviewee), David Wiley (interviewer), Peter Limb (Interviewer)
East Lansing, Michigan, United States
December 12, 2003
Publisher: Michigan State University Libraries
Duration: 1:10:00
Type: Interview
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Southern Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Frank Beeman was a longtime activist. Frank and his wife, Patricia Beeman, founded the Southern Africa Liberation Committee (SALC) in East Lansing, Michigan in 1972. SALC worked to educate Michigan residents and to isolate South Africa until the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990. SALC was a community organization but also campaigned and held educational events at Michigan State University (MSU). SALC's efforts played a key role in the passage of a selective purchasing resolution by the City of East Lansing in 1977 which restricted the city for using suppliers that were operating in South Africa. As a result of SALC's campaign in 1978 MSU divested its stock from companies doing business in South Africa, one of the first universities in the United States to take such action. SALC worked with members of the Michigan State Legislature including Lynn Jondahl, Virgil Smith and Perry Bullard supporting sanctions against South Africa.

Used by permission of David Wiley and the Michigan State University Libraries.
Collection: African Studies Interview Series, Michigan State University Libraries