Report on U.S. Student Anti-Apartheid Activity
by Joshua Nessen, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
May 23-26, 1980
American Committee on Africa
In this report to the Youth Solidarity Conference in Stockholm, Nessen says U.S. student opposition to apartheid and colonialism in Southern Africa goes back to the early 1960s. The real spark for the U.S. student movement was the Soweto Rebellion of 1976. The paper discusses campaigns to get colleges and universities to divest from companies doing business in South Africa. • Historical Summary • Successes of the Student Anti-Apartheid Movement • l) First of all to what degree have we forced corporate withdrawal from South Africa and curtailment of bank loans? •2) Looking at our second goal of curtailing U.S. government intervention and building support for the liberation movements, we have had an important political impact. • 3) In terms of our third goal, the student movement has helped delegitimize corporate power in this country, especially on campuses. • 4) Besides winning individual students to a radical outlook, the movement has been largely successful in achieving its fourth goal: the reactivation of a Student Left in this country. • Recent Developments in the Movement • Conclusion
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections