[Dear Friends in Struggle; We are writing you at this time to draw your attention to several important events pertaining to the struggle for liberation by the oppressed masses of the Southern-Africa subcontinent in South Africa and Namibia]
by Kgati M. N. Sathekge, Midwest Coalition Against Apartheid
Detroit, Michigan, United States
November 28, 1984
Midwest Coalition Against Apartheid
The mailing reports on imporant development in Washington D.C. by Congressman John Conyers, Representative of District of Columbia Walter Fauntroy, Executive Director of TransAfrica Randall Robinson, and others. The mailing calls for similar action in our area by our leaders against the symbols of apartheid oppression and exploitation such as South African Consulates and missions, such as in Chicago, and corporate headquarters of companies that do business with South Africa. The mailing asks people to join a demonstration at the General Motors Headquarters on December 14, 1984 to demand that GM and other multi-national corporations leave South Africa. The mailing asks people to join in Heroes Day Celebration at New Bethel Baptist Church on December 16, 1984. The mailing points out that the founding of Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation) occurred on December 16, 1961. The mailing asks people to support the measure introduced by Councilwoman Barbara Rose-Collins in the Detroit City Council calling for the divestment of City Pension Funds from companies that do business with South Africa. The mailing says the coalition, following a resolution at the recent Midwest Conference against apartheid, has adopted two SWAPO/ANC communities as sister communities: the United Nations Institute for Namibia in Lusaka, Zambia and the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Morogoro, Tanzania. The mailing includes a leaflet advertising a celebration of South African Heroes Day that says the program includes Rev. Robert Smith Jr.: THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN RESPONSE TO THE APARTHEID ISSUE, AND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BLACK CHURCH TOWARDS OPPRESSION IN AFRICA, Abiyome Azikiwe of the Pan African Students Union: THE RESPONSIBILITY OF STUDENTS TO THEIR COMMUNITY CONCERNING THE ISSUE OF OPPRESSION, and Kgati Sathekge of the Midwest Coalition Against Apartheid: THE MEANING OF HEROES DAY TO THE OPPRESSED PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA AND THE ROLE OF THE SOUTH AFRICA CHURCH IN THE STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATION. The program will be chaired by Gregory Mathis of the Rainbow Coalition. There will be a video presentation of Amandla, the cultural warriors of the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa during their tour of Scandinavia. The mailing discusses General Motors, Ford, IBM, Burroughs Corporation, the University of Michigan, John McGoff, and Wayne State University.
Collection: Aubrey McCutcheon papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections