Contents: Attendance • 1. Angola Coffee: George Houser summarized a written report of a meeting of himself, Jennifer Davis, and Willard Johnson in Boston. ACOA was asked by people in the Gulf Oil Boycott to postpone the coffee boycott action so as not to conflict with plans for a broad-based boycott of Gulf being launched in the spring. • 2. Finance Report • 3. Chicago Fundraising Committee: Houser reported on a meeting of this committee, chaired by George Daniels and attended by Houser, Janet Hooper, and Dorothy Hibbert. They recognized that the Board had reaffirmed its obligation to raise $3,050 to pay ACOA representative Eileen Hanson's subsistence wage and part of the operating costs of the Chicago New World Resource Center. • 4. Ray Gould, formerly with Fellowship of Reconciliation, is interested in working with ACOA. • 5. Evening Get-together with African Leaders of U.N.: The Steering Committee agreed that small evening suppers and discussion should be held with each of three African leaders of the U.N. committees concerned with Africa - Ambassador Salim of Tanzania, Chairman of the Committee of Twenty-Four; Ambassador Lusaka of Zambia, President of the U.N. Council for Namibia; and Ambassador Ogbu of Nigeria, Chairman of the Special Committee on Apartheid. • 6. Sharpeville: The Steering Committee agreed to commemorate Sharpeville and observe the International Day to Combat Racism on March 21, with a Black Sash demonstration at the South African Mission. ACOA’s Dick Leonard will organize a planning meeting with Don Morton, Tim Smith, Bill Johnston, Bob Van Lierop, some organizations such as the NAACP, and others. • 7. South African Airways has applied for a second U.S. air route, this one from Johannesburg to New York via the Canary Islands. • 8. Judy Todd: The daughter of Southern Rhodesian Prime Minister Garfield Todd will visit New York to promote her book, The Right to Say NO, to be released March 23 by the Third Press. ACOA has made suggestions to Third Press, especially seeing that they contact Eddison Zvobgo, the ANC representative from Zimbabwe in the U.S. • 9. Black Journal: Bill Booth will sign a letter for ACOA protesting the possible cancellation of this program from Public Television. • 10. Corporate Involvement: Tim Smith reminded members to read "The Church Project on U. S. Investment in South Africa -- 1973"; the Church Center will supply copies for ACOA to mail to university press, student councils, and Black studies departments. • 11. Membership -- Nominating Committee • The minutes mention ACOA fundraising plans, Civil Aeronautics Board, Overseas National Airways, Inc., Ted Lockwood, Peter Connell of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the ACOA Executive Board, Elizabeth Landis, Robert Browne, Kay Anderson, Marvin Rich, Peter Weiss, Frederick Schwarz, Andrew Norman, the Green Coffee Growers Association, and ambassadors from coffee-producing countries.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Peter Weiss papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections