by N. A. Abayomi, Pan-African Students Union
Detroit, Michigan, United States
August 10, 1990
Publisher: Pan-African Students Union
12 pages
Type: Conference Presentation
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: PASU CONFERENCE STATEMENT • PASU DOCUMENTS • Paper of the Pan-African Student Organization (PASU) at Wayne State University prepared for the African National Congress (ANC) youth conference held at Michigan State University, August 10-13, 1990. The paper says since the beginning of 1990, the international political climate has shifted tremendously in favor of a speedier resolution of the question of national self-determination and independence for the people of South Africa; with the defeat of the South African Defense Forces (SADF) in southern Angola in 1987 and 1988, the path was opened for the national independence of Namibia, which was realized on March 21 of this year; apartheid South Africa remains the last bastion of white-minority rule in the sub-continent and the advent of formidable mass opposition within the working class the universities and black communities has assured the inevitable realization of a non-racial democratic people's republic of South Africa. Documents include a 1985 letter from Ibrahim Noor, Secretary, Special Committee against Apartheid to R.L. Norfolk, Jr., Chairperson, Pan-African Students Union; a press release ANGOLA FILM TO BE SHOWN ON ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE, October 28, 1988; and a leaflet advertising a forum sponsored by Pan-African Student Organization with the Nelson Mandela Reception Committee of Detroit and Vicinity on Saturday, August 4, 1990. The paper includes newspaper articles including "U.S. divestment in hypocritical human rights activist accuses" by Tina Reilly, January 26, 1987; "South Africa: A new constitutional debate" by N.A. Abayomi, July 2-8, 1989; and "Malcolm X's contributions to society honored" by PASU by Derric Bert. The paper discusses Nelson Mandela, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the Mass Democratic Movement (MDM), UmKhonto We Sizwe, the United Democratic Front (UDF), the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), the national student uprisings of 1976-77, the lessons of working class struggle, the South African Communist Party (SACP), the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) and the Frontline States, General Motors (GM), Front-Line States, Pambana. Students Against Apartheid at the University of Windsor in Canada, Dr. Walter Rodney, the Africa Viewpoint Press Agency, 'Terror' Lekota, the 22 Delmas Treason Trialists, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), self-determination, political freedom, the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO), the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), Portuguese colonialism, the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale, the "Freedom Charter", the Congress of the People in Kliptown, Senti Thobejane, the ANC Youth League, Spike Lee, Dr. James Turner of Cornell University, Lindwe Mabuza, the PLO, Cuba, sanctions, the ABC 'Town Meeting' program with Ted Koppel and Nelson Mandela, the General Union of Palestinian Students, South African Student Committee, and the Justice for Cuba Coalition.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root