ANNUAL REPORT West Coast Representative AFRICA DEFENSE AND AID FUND January - December, 1961

by Mary-Louise Hooper, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, about March or early April 1962
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
9 pages
Contents: TRIPS • LECTURING • OTHER ACTIVITIES • 1. Letters Written • 2. Articles Written • 3. T.V. Appearances • 4. Community Participation • 5. John Russwurm Award • DEFENSE FUND PROJECTS • 1. Algeria Meeting • 2. Algerian Refugee Students • 3. Angola Refugee Appeal • 4. Direct Assistance to South Africa • FINANCIAL STATEMENT • [Dear Friend: The civil war in Angola has already claimed an estimated 3,000 lives of Portuguese settlers, and at least 50,000 Africans.] • MEMO ON THE MARCH 1961 REVOLT IN ANGOLA • The report says there was less success raising funds in 1961 than in 1960, due to three factors: Hooper’s repeated and perhaps too-prolonged absence from the West Coast; no outstanding African leaders were sent on tour in 1961; and considerable time spent preparing for a Northern California Committee on Africa, which it is hoped will pay future dividends. A trip to Africa (March 6 to May 15) took nine weeks out of the work schedule. Hooper spent three weeks were spent in Egypt, where she had been appointed as an official delegate of the African National Congress of South Africa to the Third All African Peoples Conference but was prevented from serving in this capacity by extreme anti-American sentiment of the Conference, due mainly to anger at the murder of Lumumba. She also visited Kenya, Tanganyika Mozambique, and Swaziland, where she saw friends and officials of the African National Congress. Other major trips were as a delegate to the UNESCO Conference in Boston in October (invited by the State Department); and to Oslo, Norway, in December, where she served as a member of the staff of Chief Albert J. Lutuli when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. Hooper also made an 11-day visit to Los Angeles in September plus many shorter California trips for lecturing to Sacramento, Stockton, San Luis Obispo, Redwood City, and Palo Alto. A total of 925 pounds of good used clothing was gathered by young people of the Mill Valley Community Church that was shipped to 800 Algerian refugee students in Tunis. (The Church donated funds for cleaning and shipment.) The report mentions University of California at Berkeley, Howard University, a Friends Committee on Legislation Forum, civil rights, James Farmer, CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), apartheid, the Steering Committee for San Francisco AFRICA WEEK, not-yet-independent African states, Arthur Wina, Northern Rhodesia, A.K. Chanderli, the Provisional Government of Algeria, the National Association of Newspaper Publishers, Front of National Liberation (National Liberation Front, FLN), South Africa United Front (Tanganyika); the African National Congress (Basutoland), South African refugees in Basutoland, the South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU), Oliver Tambo, MPLA, Mario Andrade, UPA, Holden Roberto, the African National Congress (ANC), forced labor, colonial rule, Portuguese authorities, The Rt. Rev. James A. Pike, the Episcopal Diocese of California, Dr. Max Nussbaum, Temple Israel, Rev. Malcolm McVeigh, Portuguese rule, Portuguese retaliation, the Baptist Missionary Society, Congo Protestant Relief Agency, the World Council of Churches, the British Inter-Church Aid and Refugee Service, U.S.-made bombs, and the Institut Medical Evangelique at Komoes.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections