CHARLOTTEANS FOR A FREE SOUTHERN AFRICA
by Charlotteans for a Free Southern Africa
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Undated, 1987, month not known.
The brochure say Charlotteans for a Free Southern Africa (CFSA) was formed in March 1985 by residents of the Charlotte/Mecklenburg community. CFSA is a non-profit membership organization that seeks to support the struggle against racist minority rule known as apartheid by making information about Southern Africa available to the community; helping end U.S. for the minority regime; and raising funds to aid refugees, political prisoners and their families who are victims of apartheid. CFSA has organized a number of events, including a spring 1985 rally and petition drive to get North Carolina National Bank (NCNB) to stop making loans to South Africa, a vigil later that year expressing solidarity with political prisoners and detainees, and a rally supporting divestment. CFSA has sponsored several speakers, including the representative to the United Nations of SWAPO (Southwest Africa People’s Organization), a leader of the End Conscription Campaign that opposes the draft in South Africa, and an exiled union leader formerly active in organizing black South African automobile workers. One of CFSA’s most widely attended events was a spring 1986 poetry reading by renowned South African poet Dennis Brutus. The brochure says last year fundraising events and the sale of books and other materials in 1986 raised over $1,000 to aid political prisoners and their families. Work in 1987 includes a fundraising campaign to benefit the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Tanzania.
Used by permission of Lyndall Hare, a former member of Charlotteans for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Private collection of Lyndall Hare