by Pittsburgh Committee on Southern Africa
with Ecumenical Press Service
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
February 1968
6 pages
Type: Newsletter
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa, Southern Africa, Zimbabwe
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
Contents: COMMITTEE ON SOUTHERN AFRICA AND BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS • PITTSBURGH VISITOR FROM SOUTH AFRICA • PROSPECTUS FOR A BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL IN PITTSBURGH • INTERNATIONAL JURIST REPRESENTS CHURCHES IN SOUTH AFRICA COURTROOM by Ecumenical Press Service • RHODESIA’S APARTHEID HELD TOUGHER THAN SOUTH AFRICA'S by Ecumenical Press Service • An article explores the issue Black Consciousness in the U.S. and southern Africa and whether there is a need for a period of action by blacks without interracial dialogue in order to achieve justice. The concept "Afro-American" shows an interest among many American Negroes to look to Africa for the roots of a unique identity. The Pittsburgh Committee can applaud and encourage a sense of self-esteem and also consider the creative tension on this issue in the current civil rights scene. Gail Morlan [now Gail Hovey], a graduate of Union Theological Seminary who has lived in South Africa, will visit in March to preach at Heinz Memorial Chapel, meet with University of Pittsburgh students, and be available to meet with individuals about the role of the church in areas of potential racial violence. Artists who have been invited to the Black Arts Festival include La Rocque Bey and his dance troupe from New York, jazz musician Calvin Strickland and his sextet, Chicago photographer Roy Lewis, the Afro-American Models and Dancers of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh poet Charles Williams, and the House of Umoja from New York. The festival coordinating committee includes Sheila Schumacher, Mary O'Brien, Joanne E'del of Duquesne University students, Ed Ellis of the Half-Way Art Gallery, Lowell Haynes of the Wesley Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, and Claire Amos and Linda Scott of University of Pittsburgh students; supporters of the festival proposal include Duquesne Cultural Arts Committee, University of Pittsburgh YWCA, Methodist campus ministry in Pittsburgh, United Oakland Ministry, Msgr. Charles Owen Rice, Fr. Donald W. Mcilvane, Professor Ian I. Mitroff,  Nancy van Vuuren, and Ralph Hagopian. Dr. Arthur Larson, a Lutheran layman and professor of Law and director of the Rule of Law Research Center at Duke University, appeared as an "observer" in a Pretoria, South Africa, court where a request for leniency was presented on behalf of 33 South-West Africans convicted of terrorism under South Africa's Terrorism Act of 1967. Under the act, any person can be arrested for causing embarrassment to the government in affairs of state; the penalty for conviction ranges from five years in prison to death. On January 26, Judge Joseph F. Ludorf pronounced the men guilty and said he would not to impose the death penalty; sentence is expected to be pronounced after arguments in mitigation are concluded. The newsletter says the United Nations General Assembly recently passed, by a vote of 110 to 2, a resolution calling this trial a "flagrant violation of their rights." A UN resolution passed on October 29, 1966 had declared South Africa's mandate over South-West Africa at an end. In December, Dr. 0. Grederick Nolde, director of the World Council of Churches’ Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), expressed concern about the trial to the Hon. Mattys Botha, Permanent Representative to the UN for South Africa. The newsletter reports Bishop K.J.F. Skelton of the Diocese of Matabeleland, Rhodesia and Botswana called administration of apartheid stricter in some parts of Rhodesia than in South Africa, and the Ian Smith-controlled Rhodesian Front Party is stamping out what bad been a trend towards more equality among whites and Africans. Colored (mixed-blood) Rhodesians can now be evicted from their homes in integrated communities and moved to segregated areas if 50% of their neighbors request it. The newsletter also mentions the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), South West African People's Organization (SWAPO), Evangelical Lutheran Ovambokavango Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in South-West Africa, prisoners, Secretary General of the UN, the American Bar Association's Committee on Progressive Development of International Law, National Council of Churches USA, segregated school sports, the Episcopal Diocese of California, and the Diocese of Son Joaquin, California. [This document was digitized by University of Pittsburgh Library System which provided it to the African Activist Archive Project.]

Collection: Peace and Freedom Center of Pittsburgh Records, 1967-1969, AIS.1969.06, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System