Statement by Kwame Kwasi Afoh (Edell Lydia, Jr.)
Hearing on The Anti-Apartheid Selective Purchasing Resolution Before The Council of the District of Columbia
by Kwame Kwasi Afoh, IBM Black Workers Alliance
Washington, DC, United States
January 20, 1976
IBM Black Workers Alliance
Testimony by Kwame Kwasi Afoh discusses IBM's poor employment practices in both the U.S. and South Africa and the role IBM plays in South Africa. Afoh discusses the formation of the IBM Black Workers Alliance (BWA) in the Washington, D.C. area in August 1970. He says that IBM's computers help to make the South African military more efficient. Afoh urges support for the resolution by Brothers Coates, Doug Moore, Marion Barry and Jerry Moore to stop doing business with companies that commit crimes against humanity - IBM, CDC, ITT and Motorola. His testimony discusses the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), racial discrimination, Jerry Vallery (Chairman of the South Africa Committee of the BWA), the South Africa Committee of the BWA, Buck Rogers, the National Alliance of Businessmen (NAB), co-optation, the McKinley High School Project, the United Black Fund (UBF), payroll deductions, Project Turkey, Polaroid, the passbook system, Sharpeville massacre of 1960, apartheid, gold, diamonds, social responsibility, and the Equal Opportunities Program Office.
Collection: Patricia L. Beeman Southern Africa Liberation Committee collection, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections