ANNUAL REPORT West Coast Representative AFRICA DEFENSE AND AID FUND January - December 1960
by American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, about May 1961
Contents: MONEY-RAISING PROJECTS • 1. Meeting for Kenneth Kaunda (Los Angeles) • 2. Benefit - Swimming Party • 3. University of California (Berkeley) Student Campaign for South Africa • 4. Benefit - Musical Tea • 5. Benefit - Premiere, "Come Back, Africa" • 6. Meeting for M. Njisane (Berkeley) • 7 •. Two meetings for Oliver Tambo (San Francisco and Los Angeles) • OTHER ACTIVITIES • FINANCIAL STATEMENT • The annual report for 1960 says interest in Africa has been sustained all year, due primarily to the Sharpeville massacres and the situation in the Congo. The West Coast Fund changed its name from South Africa Defense Fund to Africa Defense and Aid Fund to harmonize with the national program. One new sponsor has been added: Rabbi Alvin J. Fine of San Francisco, Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El. Four new members were added to the Northern California Advisory Committee and seven new members to the Southern Committee. The Advisory Committees now have 21 members in Northern California and 24 members in Southern California. The report notes that the West Coast Representative was in Africa in January and February, so the report covers the work of 10 months. The West Coast Representative, Mary-Louise Hooper, was an official delegate in January for the African National Congress at the Second All-African Peoples' Conference held in Tunis. She also visited the Cameroons at the time of their independence, Ghana, Nigeria, and the Algerian Army of Liberation on the Tunisian Border in Algeria. About 35,000 miles were covered on this trip to Africa. The report discusses Relief for the family of Prof. Z. K. Matthews (requested during his imprisonment), relief for the Algerian Refugee Students – Tunisia, African National Congress (personal contributions specified for this purpose), school expenses for family of Philemon Mathole (Treason Trialist), needy African student in Los Angeles, the African National Congress (ANC), press releases, the San Francisco Star, the South African Freedom Call, the Little Summit Conference in San Francisco, the College Seminar on Africa held by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Los Angeles, universities, churches, trade unions, TV appearances, and radio broadcasts. [Note: This report was written by Mary-Louise Hooper who was the West Coast Representative. On date, this report was circulated at the Annual Meeting of the American Committee on Africa Executive Board on May 29, 1961 and is mentioned in the minutes of that meeting.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections