Letter to Ambassador Franklin A. Sonn

by Benjamin M. Priestley, Black United Fund of Oregon
Portland, Oregon, United States
February 20, 1997
Publisher: Black United Fund of Oregon
2 pages
Type: Correspondence
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Letter to South African Ambassador Franklin A. Sonn asking to host a reception for President Mandela in the Portland African American community. The letter outlines the anti-apartheid activities of Portlanders Organized for South African Freedom (POSAF) including acts of civil disobedience that led the honorary South African Consulate in Portland to cease operations; cultural boycott activity related to Joe Henderson, Eartha Kitt and Tina Turner; annual anti-racist rallies including one with an ANC representative in Lost Angeles as a featured speaker; the role of POSAF in lobbying the Oregon State Legislature to divest holdings in South Africa; longshoreman did not cross a POSAF picket of a ship carrying materials from South Africa; and POSAF had pickets at IBM and a coin dealer who sold the Krugerrand. The letter says it was an honor to have Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rev. Allan Boesak, and a member of the Pan-African Congress speak in Portland.
Used by permission of Benjamin M. Priestley.
Collection: Portland Anti-Apartheid Materials (Benjamin Priestley Collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections