by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
June 11, 1962
7 pages
The memorandum says the purpose is to organize united action against apartheid through the distribution of an appeal signed by international figures culminating on Human Rights Day, December 10, 1962; this would be similar to the Declaration of Conscience campaign which the committee initiated in 1957; with the deterioration of the situation in South Africa, some such campaign as this could be very important. The memorandum says the plan envisaged would be to hold at least two conferences outside the New York area in cooperation with a local group or working through an individual who has been interested in the work of the Committee; the theme of the conferences would be the crisis in southern Africa, giving special attention to South Africa, Angola, and perhaps Southern Rhodesia; places such as Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver, Portland, Detroit, San Francisco and Los Angeles should be considered when organizing the conferences. The memorandum says among the most important issues at the forthcoming Seventeenth Session of the United Nations General Assembly will be those involving southern Africa; the United States will have to take a position on these questions; the American Committee on Africa could perform a very useful function by preparing study papers of some depth on these issues and trying to reach some consensus on approach among groups concerned about United States policy. The memorandum discusses the South African Mission to the United Nations, Martin Luther King, Jr., Albert Lutuli, Eleanor Roosevelt, Basil Davidson, Michael Scott, Dr. Parerenyatwa (Deputy Pres. of Zimbabwe African Peoples Union of Southern Rhodesia), Oliver Tambo, Kenneth Kaunda, Joshua Nkomo, Mbyiu Koinange, the United Nations, African representatives, the Africa Defense and Aid Fund, press conferences, speaking engagements, radio appearances, South West Africa, Portuguese territories, the Central African Federation, and the American Committee on Africa (ACOA). [Notes: Albert Lutuli is also spelled Albert Luthuli. Mbyiu Koinange is most likely Mbiyu Koinange.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections