Contents: Report on South Africa Defense Fund from West Coast Representative Mary-Louise Hooper (March 1959 - March 1960) • Hooper reported on her educational and fundraising work in California. She delivered 35 lectures, including 13 to churches, Councils of Churches, and United Church Women. Three meetings were arranged for Joshua Nkomo - at Stanford University, S.F. State College, and St. Mary's College. A public meeting in San Francisco for Nkomo was attended by approximately 400 people and raised $195 (divided between the Rhodesian Detainees Fund, Nkomo personally, and the South Africa Defense Fund). An event with Tom Mboya attracted 2,000 people and raised $800. A fund-raising luncheon in Los Angeles was addressed by Bishop James A. Pike, who also signed a funding appeal sent to 1,000 people. A fund-raising campaign was presented for the benefit of Dr. W. Z. Conco, African Treason Trialist from Umzimkulu, South Africa. Festival Theatre held a benefit performance of "Lost in the Stars” for the South Africa Defense Fund. Hooper supports broadening the South Africa Defense Fund into the Africa Defense and Aid Fund. The report mentions high school and college classes, Democratic and Young Republican Clubs, the Encampment for Citizenship, Friends Pacific Yearly Meeting, League of Women Voters, Berkeley Women’s Town Council, American Association for the UN, the American Association of University Women, CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), Biennial Conference of the Los Angeles Diocese of Episcopal Church Women, Oakland Public Affairs Forum, Mrs. H.H. Kodani, Reverend John Burt of Pasadena, press releases and articles, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Francisco News, The San Francisco Call Bulletin, the S.F. Sun Reporter, the Associated Negro Press, the African National Congress (ANC), Chief Lutuli, the Southern California Methodist Journal (ACTION), the South African Freedom Call, the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Leo Baeck Temple, the Northern California Advisory Committee, the Second All African Peoples’ Conference, W. J. Bassett, Leonard Beerman, Rev. John H. Burt, D.D., Mrs. Frank B. Duveneck, Mrs. Georgiana Hardy, Bishop Gerald Kennedy, Mrs. H. H. Kodani, Loren Miller, Dr. Max Nussbaum, Edwin Sanders, Franklin H. Williams, Bishop Donald Harvey Tippett, Rev. Gilbert Zimmerman, and the Methodist Church. [Note: Lutuli is an alternative spelling of Luthuli.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections