[On Sunday, December 19, 1976 an ad appeared in the Detroit Free Press ...]
by John W. McNaughton, United Methodist Church
Webberville, Michigan, United States
Undated, about late December 1976 or January 1977
United Methodist Church
Memorandum to Frances S. Smith of United Methodist Communications from John W. McNaughton, chairman of the Division of General Welfare of the West Michigan Conference Board of Church and Society, about how the churches got involved and purchased an advertisement against the purchase of Krugerrand gold coins. The memorandum says on Sunday, December 19, 1976 an ad appeared in the Detroit Free Press showing the people of Michigan that the purchase of the Krugerrand coin was in direct support of South Africa's apartheid system; that ad cost the United l1ethodist Churches of Michigan $1037.23. The memorandum says Christmas is over, but the sales go on;wWhat has been done in Michigan has to be seen as only the beginning. The memorandum discusses Dr. Duane Vore, Executive secretary of the Michigan Council of Churches; Tim Smith, Director of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility of the National Council of Churches; the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church; Royal Synwald; Herb Glenn, Keith Pohl; the Michigan Christian Advocate; Ed Willingham; the Christian Communication Council of Metropolitan Detroit Churches; Glen Smith; Joe Stroud; Paul Hartman; Lansing Central United Methodist Church; the Division on Peace and World Order of the Board of Church and Society; the Peace Center at Michigan State University; Merrill Lynch; and the Webberville-Bell Oak United Methodist Churches.
Collection: Carol B. Thompson and Bud Day Papers on Southern Africa, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections