by Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
About July 1967
14 pages
Type: Conference Presentation
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations, Vietnam
Language: English
Paper for the INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON APARTHEID, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND COLONIALISM IN SOUTHERN AFRICA in Kitwe, Zambia, July 24 - August 4, 1967, organized by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in consultation with the Special Committee against Apartheid and the Special Committee of 24 on Decolonisation. The paper says Afro-Americans have special concern about the struggle against apartheid and white-settler domination in eastern and southern Africa. We rejoiced when victory was won in Kenya. We express our solidarity with the Freedom Fighters in prisons and detention camps of southern Africa. We in SNCC are deeply concerned about this struggle; our own members have engaged for seven years in the struggles against a vicious form of apartheid that has existed for centuries in the United States. We can understand South Africa. There is no difference between the sting of being called a "kaffir" in South Africa and a "nigger" in the U.S. The cells of Robben Island and the Birmingham jail look the same inside. In order to implement more effectively its program and to strengthen its links with other groups struggling against oppression, SNCC has appointed a Director of International Affairs, James Forman, and designated the New York office of SNCC as its headquarters for international affairs. The paper includes RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS and  Appendix A: SNCC STATEMENT ON VIETNAM. The paper mentions intervention in the Congo, Soviet and Chinese influence, the CIA, Chase Manhattan Bank, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the "Black Power" movement, liberation struggles, Julian Bond, the Georgia State Legislature, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) Liberation Committee, African-Americans, General Assembly resolution 2144 (XXX), resolution 2189 (XXI), the Declaration on the Granting on Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, Southern Rhodesia, South West Africa, self-determination, territories under Portuguese administration, and the military draft. [This document was digitized by the Amistad Research Center, which provided it to the African Activist Archive Project.]
Collection: John O'Neal papers, Amistad Research Center