[Unity in Action has secured a letter of agreement from the gospel recording artists "The Might Clouds of Joy" pledging that they "will not be returning to South Africa until the situation as it now exists is completely turned around."]
by Unity in Action
Los Angeles, California, United States
January 25, 1985
The press release says Unity in Action has secured a letter of agreement from the gospel recording artists "The Might Clouds of Joy" pledging that they "will not be returning to South Africa until the situation as it now exists is completely turned around." The press release says a planned picket of the scheduled January 26 performance of the group at the Beverly Theatre in Beverly Hills was averted owing to timely and productive discussions between the group's manager, Zachary Glickman, and Unity in Action during preceding weeks. The press release says Unity in Action welcomes this agreement and has properly notified the United Nations Center Against Apartheid, African National Congress, and affiliate organizations; as is customary, Unity in Action gratefully acknowledges other activist pro-liberation forces whose concerted, very visible, and embarrassing protest demonstrations were the major force which brought about this victory. The Mighty Clouds of Joy agreement signals yet another major breakthrough for local, national, and international anti-apartheid forces who are continuing the campaign to keep artists and athletes out of South Africa; the Cultural Boycott barring artistic collaboration with the racist apartheid state is part of United Nations and Organization of African Unity imposed sanctions intended to isolate the inhuman regime; the U.N. has termed South Africa's system of forced racial separation and oppression "a crime against humanity." The press release discusses the African National Congress (ANC) and the Organization of African Unity (OAU).
Used by permission of Ron Wilkins, a former member of Unity in Action.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers