Executive Board MINUTES February 6, 1962
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, sometime after February 6, 1962
Contents: 2. Brief staff reports - a) 1961 finances b) AFRICA TODAY c) Speakers • 3. Letter of resignation from Dr. James Noble • 4. Resolution authorizing transfer of the Defense and Aid Fund to the Chase Manhattan Bank • 5. Report of George Houser's trip • 6. New projects for Defense and Aid - a) Medical aid and clothing for Angola b) Aid to refugees in Dar-es-Salaam • 7. Report on the Portuguese-American Committee on Foreign Affairs • A Washington Chapter of ACOA • 10. Possible change in By-laws and Charter to obtain a tax-exempt status • 8. Congo - a) Report of ACOA statement and the New York Times ad b) Appeal for Action Against Apartheid c) Africa Freedom Day • 11. Internal developments in African states and ACOA policy • James Robinson reported an increase in income, in part due to an appeal signed by Chief Lutuli [sometimes spelled Luthuli]. Houser reported that Jomo Kenyatta was willing to come to the U.S., without specifying a date; Hazel Gray said that Kenneth Kaunda would be available for Africa Freedom Day and a ten-day speaking tour. The Board agreed to plan a tour by Basil Davidson. Houser explained the need for medical aid and described the setup for distribution of drugs which he and John Marcum had brought with them. Marcum had examined the possibilities for providing secondary education for Angolan children whose education was now interrupted. In the Congo, relief agencies that had been providing food for Angolan refugees had stopped their program in January when they saw no hope of the refugees' returning to Angola. Houser described activities of the Portuguese-American group and reported that Selvage and Lee, a public relations firm in New York, was paying for its operations, including a retainer fee to its chairman, Martin Camacho. This group has contacted many members of the ACOA National Committee to urge that they resign. The minutes mention Julius Nyerere, Rashidi Kawawa, Oscar Kambona, Ronald Ngala, Negro doctors and medical associations, South West Africa, Ruanda, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, the Community Church, the Ethical Culture Society, St. Clair Drake, and Harold Isaacs. Board members who were present: Donald Harrington, Daniel Bernstein, Lewis Carliner, Winifred Courtney, John Murra, Farrell Jones, Stanley Levison, Nelson Bengston, Adelaide Schulkind, and Peter Weiss. Other staff who were present: Collin Gonze, and Debby Kallen.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections