COMMENTS ON THE TWELVE-MONTH REPORT OF THE FINANCIAL OPERATIONS OF THE AMERICAN COMMITTEE ON AFRICA - 1961

by James R. Robinson, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
January 29, 1962
3 pages
Type: Report
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: ANALYSIS OF WHY 1961 WAS A LESS SUCCESSFUL YEAR • Program Uncertainties • Staff Vacancies, Changes and Re-organization • Difficulties with Membership • THE FINANCIAL PICTURE FOR 1962 • Defense and Aid • Mailings for the Committee Itself • In 1961, both income and expenses were lower than expected. Most income came from the medical aid project for Angola and the appeal signed by Chief Luthuli to 54,000 people on outside mailing lists. Income of the AFRICA DEFENSE AND AID FUND fell by more than that of the ACOA regular budget. The period when those struggling for independence clearly had the force of justice on their side passed into a period when the U.S. press often presented a confused picture of conflict and disagreement. The major difficulty was staff resignations and vacancies. After Ann Morrissett left, there was not a designated person responsible for Defense and Aid. However, the West Coast operation under Mary-Louise Hooper continued to raise funds successfully. The new AFRICA TODAY has had increased  circulation. The mailing of our brochure and statement on the Congo elicited significant membership response, and the statement and was used in classrooms. A newsletter on the trip into rebel-held Angola should be ready soon. The Medical Aid for Angola project may become our largest Defense and Aid appeal. Like aid to South Africans, especially during the Treason Trials, it can become a definite channel for funneling help and the ability to report on exactly what has been collected and distributed. The report mentions Africa Freedom Day, and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa). 
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections