[Dear Friend, Since protest over the 1984 constitutional reforms in South Africa were met with violence and repression by the Botha government, anti-apartheid actions have reached an unprecedented high in the United States.]
by Damu Smith, Imani Countess, Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund
Washington, DC, United States
December 1, 1986
Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund
Mailing including a cover letter and leaflet about the First Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium on Southern Africa, January 29-31, 1987 at the Family Life Center, Shiloh Baptist Church, sponsored by the Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund (WOAEF) in cooperation with the Coalition for a New Foreign Policy, WPFW Radio, and the National Public Radio Satellite Fund. The letter points out that anti-apartheid actions in the U.S. have expanded since protest in South Africa over the 1984 constitutional reforms and the violence and repression that followed. However, most U.S. actions have focused solely on the internal consequences of apartheid and ignored the regional impact of apartheid policies, including the question of Namibian independence. Hundreds of thousands of people have perished due to military attacks by the South African Defense Force or South African-sponsored terrorist groups such as UNITA in Angola and Renamo in Mozambique or from drought and famine aggravated by ongoing war. The leaflet invites grassroots organizers, students, activists, scholars, clergy and laity, and union leaders to the symposium on "TOTAL STRATEGY": APARTHEID'S REGIONAL WAR. The program includes a Community Rally Against Apartheid Aggression, panels on The Effects of South African Regional Destabilization, Destabilization: A View from the National Liberation Movements, SADCC and Regional Efforts to End Apartheid Hegemony, and Action Against Apartheid's Aggression - Strategies for the U.S. Movement. The symposium is also supported by the Howard University Student Association.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the Africa Policy Information Center).
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root