SOUTH AFRICA DEFENSE FUND Annual Report of the West Coast Representative
by Mary-Louise Hooper, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
March 9, 1959
The annual report by Mary-Louise Hooper, the West Coast Representative, says she focused on becoming acquainted with organizational and church groups in Los Angeles and San Francisco and laying ground work for what is hoped will be a permanent organization of Pacific Coast people interested in Africa. Advisory Committees have been established in these two cities. Over 15 months, Hooper gave 33 lectures in California to churches, women's organizations, interracial clubs, labor groups, and also to political rallies of the Convention People's Party in Ghana. Meetings were arranged for Ronald Segal (editor of Africa South) and Violaine Junod (Professor at University of Natal). Hooper also arranged radio and television appearances, including a debate about apartheid moderated by the Very Reverend C. Julian Bartlett of Grace Cathedral of San Francisco. For defendants in the Treason Trial and their families, 440 pounds of good winter clothing were collected and 200 cable messages of solidarity were sent. Endorsements have been received from Bishop Gerald Kennedy of Los Angeles, the Southern California Episcopal Diocesan Department of Christian Social Relations, Community Relations Conference of Los Angeles, West Coast Region of NAACP, Palo Alto Society of Friends, Los Angeles Central Labor Council AFL-CIO, and Southern California Association of Liberal Rabbis. Hooper wrote items about South Africa for First Unitarian Church of Claremont, A. Philip Randolph, the Indian Delegation to the United Nations, and ILGWU (International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union) and attended the All African People's Conference in Accra, the Regional United States Foreign Policy Institute in Claremont, California, and the Whittier Conference on Interracial Relations. The report also mentions an editorial by Royce Brier, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Congo, British Broadcasting Corporation, and the African National Congress (ANC).
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections