Letter to Ambassador Franklin A. Sonn
by Benjamin M. Priestley, Black United Fund of Oregon
Portland, Oregon, United States
February 20, 1997
Black United Fund of Oregon
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