ANNUAL MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD May 29, 1961 MINUTES
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, sometime after May 29. 1961 and before the next Executive Board meeting
Contents: Attendance • Follow-up Reports • a) George Houser reported on his trip to the west coast where he visited contributors, gave several talks, and spoke with Charles A. O'Brien, Chief Assistant Attorney General of California, who is interested in establishing an ACOA branch in San Francisco. • b) ACOA has become a cooperating organization with the Westport World Affairs Center. • c) Donald Harrington and Houser reported on discussion with A. Philip Randolph about the mobilization of Negro opinion and manpower regarding Africa and possible "National Negro Mobilization" in Chicago organized by the African Friendship Committee. • Annual Reports • a) Finance Report • b) West Coast Representative's Report • c) Staff Report • Election for Executive Board and National Committee • The Look Ahead - Consideration of Houser's memo • a) Dale and Barbara Garrison will be leaving the Committee. • b) The Bureau of Internal Revenue is close to a decision on tax exemption for the Committee. • c) Discussion of whether a complete split should be made between the Committee and the Defense and Aid Fund • d) Policy discussion is needed about ACOA and the Defense and Aid Fund in the future. • e) Steering Committee will discuss issues in Houser's memo. • The minutes mention Mary-Louise Hooper, literature, a possible outlet for speakers, Nathaniel Hoffman, auditing of the ACOA and Africa Defense and Aid Fund accounts, Annual Report and appeal letter, assistance and advice, African students, publications program, Donald Harrington, Nelson Bengston, Sophia Yarnall Jacobs, Elizabeth Landis, Stanley Levison, Hugh Smythe, Peter Weiss, Catherine Raymond, Dale Harrison, Barbara Harrison, and Suzanne Seidman.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections