[Dear Friends: We would like to take a minute of your time to tell you about a very unusual refugee camp]
LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED URGENTLY
by Charles Adams, Robert Albright, Don Baker, Rev. George Battle, Rev. Calvin A. Hood, Mary Clarke, Dr. Clifford A. Jones Sr., Rev. Art Kortheuer, Ronald Leeper, Rabbi Marc Wilson, Nasif Majeed, Julia Maulden, Joan Maultsby, John McDonald, Douglas Spears, Vivian Smith, Lem Long, Rabbi Robert Siegel, Rev. Edward Newberry, Dr. Norris Frederick, Charlotteans for a Free Southern Africa
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Undated, about Fall 1987
Charlotteans for a Free Southern Africa
Fundraising mailing for the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO). Many young black South Africans fled the brutal oppression that followed the Soweto uprising in 1976 and went to Tanzania, itself e poor developing country in southeast Africa. The government of Tanzania offered an extensive tract of land as a site for a refugee camp. This camp became a school to educate fleeing young South Africans so that a core of black South Africans are ready and trained to participate in various agencies of government, industry, and commerce once apartheid is finally abolished. With help from UNESCO and a number of Western European countries – particularly Scandinavia, Great Britain, and Germany – the students themselves built what is now the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College, named after a young man executed by the South African government in 1979. The mailing says the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College has approximately 1,000 students and urgently needs material aid and funds; every day more and more young people come to the school as the repression and strife grow in South Africa. The mailing includes a list of needed items. Our goal is to raise $25,000 in funds and material aid by August, 1988.
Used by permission of Lyndall Hare, a former member of Charlotteans for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Private collection of Lyndall Hare