RE: Perspectives on direction and program of the ACOA and the Africa Defense and Aid Fund
by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
Undated, apparently late May 1961
Contents: I. Possible program approaches for ACOA • A. An educational and informational program • B. A service program • C. Assistance (primarily through the Africa Defense and Aid Fund) to those engaged in the struggle in Africa or those who are the victims of oppression • D. Concentration on U.S. policy especially on the area of Africa not yet independent or free • II. Previous discussions would indicate that the ACOA should concentrate primarily in the last two areas • III. ACOA program emphasis and organization plan • A. Issues for concentration • 1) South Africa and South West Africa • 2) Portuguese Africa • B. Program methods • 1) Literature • 2) Speakers • 3) Work at the UN • 4) Publicity and press conferences • 5. Fund-raising • C. Outreach of ACOA • 1) Organizing local chapters of ACOA with particular emphasis on finding Negro leadership in communities across the country • 2) Holding a national mobilization on Africa primarily seeking to involve Negro leadership • D. ACOA Staff required • IV. Africa Defense and Aid Fund • A. Program • B. Offices • C. Staff • D. Procedure • Memorandum to the Executive Board of the American Committee on Africa. Michael Scott has received clearance for a tour around the country. James Gichuru, President of the Kenya African National Union, would like to come to the U.S. The memorandum mentions Dale Harrison, Barbara Harrison, conferences, speaking tours, scholarships, summer employment for students, receptions, African dignitaries, the United Nations, Washington, Leopoldville, Dar es Salaam, Africa Today magazine, the present strife in Angola, Africa Today Pamphlets, political refugees, and tax exemption.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections