Perspectives on ACOA program
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
June 6, 1962
Memorandum from the staff of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) to members of the ACOA Executive Board. OUR GENERAL PERSPECTIVE: ACOA has consistently been oriented toward areas of Africa that are not yet independent. Our desire has been to help them in any way we can and to work for a U.S. policy which will reflect our concerns. Achieving independence in the countries which are now sovereign has been relatively uncomplicated (with the exception of Algeria) compared to what is likely to take place in the next few years in southern Africa. It is likely that southern Africa will be a continuing area of concentration. • PROGRAM AREAS: 1. Concern with US Policy Toward Africa, 2. Activity in the United Nations, 3. Public Information Activities, and 4. Defense and Aid Activities. • SPECIFIC PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD: Major Items - 1. Emergency Relief to Angola, 2. Appeal for Action Against Apartheid, 3. Literature Program, and 4. Working with Petitioners. • Minor Items - 1. Africa Freedom Day, 1963, 2. Speakers Program. • Secondary Items - 1. Organization of an Afro-American Leadership Conference, 2. The setting of two regional conferences, 3. A Program of Hospitality for African Visitors • STAFF - 1. Executive Director, 2. Assistant Director, 3. Publications Director, and 4. Project Director. The memorandum also discusses publication of AFRICA TODAY and pamphlets, scheduling speakers, holding press conferences, the media (press, radio, television), demonstrations, assisting African visitors and leaders coming to the U.S., the Africa Defense and Aid Fund, direct assistance to Africans engaged in the struggle for freedom, Human Rights Day on December 10, and Emergency Relief to Angola (ERA).
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections