Interview with Frank Beeman
by Frank Beeman (Interviewee), David Wiley (Interviewer), Peter Limb (Interviewer)
East Lansing, Michigan, United States
December 12, 2003
Frank Beeman was a longtime activist, who, with his wife, Patricia Beeman, were among the founders of the Southern Africa Liberation Committee (SALC) in East Lansing, Michigan in 1972. SALC worked to educate Michigan residents and to isolate South Africa until the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990. SALC was a community organization affiliated with the Peace Education Center and also a student organization at Michigan State University (MSU). SALC's efforts played a key role in the passage of a selective purchasing resolution by the City of East Lansing in 1977 which restricted the city for using suppliers that were operating in South Africa. As a result of SALC's campaign in 1978, MSU divested its stock from companies doing business in South Africa, one of the first universities in the United States to take such action. SALC worked with members of the Michigan State Legislature including Lynn Jondahl, Virgil Smith, and Perry Bullard on state legislation supporting sanctions against South Africa.
This interview was conducted as research for the book No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000. With assistance of Aluka (aluka.org), the interview was transcribed and prepared for presentation on the web. The transcript was reviewed by the interviewee, and an introduction was prepared by one of the editors of No Easy Victories. The transcript also is available on the No Easy Victories website.
Used by permission of William Minter, Editor, No Easy Victories.