CAMPUS ACTIVISM FOR JUSTICE: From Southern Africa to Michigan

Friday, September 28, 2018
by Michigan State University African Studies Center, Michigan State University Libraries
East Lansing, Michigan, United States
September 27, 2018
2 pages
Type: Program
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Language: English
Program of three panels that were part of conference at Michigan State University (MSU) on September 27-28, 2018. Panel titles: "Campus and Community Activism at MSU in the Long Sixties," "Divestment from Apartheid South Africa: MSU & the Michigan Legislature," and "Contemporary Student Activism." Bill Derman's presentation on Panel 1 includes how the Southern Africa Liberation Committee (SALC) was formed. Other panelists were Gerald Evelyn, Joan Nelson and Lynn Jondahl, with John Beck as chair. Panelists on the divestment panel: Somadoda Fikeni, (MSU alumnus and political commentator), David Wiley (former director of MSU African Studies Center and SALC member), Gerald Bennett (President of SALC in the mid-1970s), Virgil C. Smith (former member of Michigan House of Representatives), and Akua Budu-Watkins (former Vice President of TransAfrica Chapter in Detroit and former Midwest Organizer of the Free South Africa Movement). This panel was chaired by Christine Root, former Associate Director of Washington Office on Africa and current MSU Project Manager of Africa Activist Archive Project. Panel 3 on contemporary organizing included Nomzamo Ntombela (former president of Student Representative Council at Stellenbosch University), Tammi Cervantes (Culturas Las Razas Unidas (CRU), Ahmad Hammad (Students for Justice in Palestine), Natalie Smith (ReNeu MSU, an environmental group), and Dee Jordan (past president of Council of Graduate Students, COGS).
Used by permission of MSU African Studies Center.