DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERS ACTION AGAINST CORPORATIONS INVOLVED IN SOUTH AFRICA

Notes and Documents
(24/75)
by Edwin Ogebe Ogbu, Unit on Apartheid, United Nations
New York, New York, United Nations
July 1975
Publisher: Unit on Apartheid, United Nations
9 pages
Type: Report
Coverage in Africa: South Africa, Nigeria
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
The report says a delegation of Special Committee against Apartheid, led by its Chairman, H. E. Mr. Edwin Ogebe Ogbu (Nigeria) was received by the Mayor and the City Council of the District of Columbia on 24 June 1975; the delegation was informed of a proposal in the City Council to cease business with four United States corporations - Control Data, IBM, ITT and Motorola - because of their involvement in South Africa; at a press conference on that occasion, the Chairman of the Special Committee commended members of the City Council for their action. The report says on 3 June 1975, Councilman James Coates introduced a City Council resolution to have the District of Columbia City Government boycott four United States corporations doing business with the Government of South Africa, i.e. Control Data, International Business Machines (IBM), International Telephone and Telegraph (ITT), and Motorola. The report discusses the Council of Churches of Greater Washington; Mr. Kwame Afoh, Founder, IBM Black Workers Alliance; Ms. Goler Butcher, Former counsel to House Subcommittee on Africa; Mr. James Coates, District of Columbia City Council; Mr. Charles Cobb, Jr., radio station WHUR-FM; Rev. David Eaton, All Souls Unitarian Church; Sr. Charlotte Hannon, Office of Social Development; Mr. Roy Johnson, Chairman, GUARD (Government Employees United Against Racial Discrimination); Mr. John Kinnard, Director, Anacostia Neighborhood Museum; Rev. Robert Pruitt, Board of Directors, Council of Churches of Greater Washington; Mr. William Simons, President, Washington Teachers Union; and Dr. Ronald Walters, Chairman, Political Science Dept., Howard University. Contents: Note on action in the City Council of the District of Columbia • Statement by the Chairman of the Special Committee against Apartheid, H.E. Mr. Edwin Ogebe Ogbu (Nigeria) at a press conference on 24 June 1975, at the City Council
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root