[Dear Mr. Keita: I would like to extend my gratitude to the Board of Directors and the staff of the Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund for the excellent material resources and information you provided me …]
by Jesse L. Jackson, National Rainbow Coalition Inc.
Washington, DC, United States
December 16, 1985
Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund
Copy of a letter to Maghan Keita, President, Board of Directors, The Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund. The letter says I would like to extend my gratitude to the Board of Directors and the staff of the Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund for the excellent material resources and information you provided me on my recent trips to London and Geneva; the high quality of your work, the thoroughness of the data, and the substantive approach to the issue of U. s. policy towards Southern Africa which you take were all of immense value to me in preparing for these trips; your excellent work reflects the professionalism of your staff and is to be commended highly. The letter says Dr. Sindab, your Executive Director, was an invaluable asset to our delegation and was the coordinator of several crucial meetings we held with the African ambassadors in the capitals we visited; the key agenda item of these meetings was to inform the ambassadors of the seriousness of the U.S. efforts to topple the Angolan government; the information from your office provided by Dr. Sindab was very timely and extremely helpful, enhancing the productiveness of both these meetings and the trips in general. The letter says the Rainbow Coalition views the Washington Office on Africa Educational Fund as a valuable asset to the anti-apartheid movement; we particularly commend the resources that you produce; we have found your materials which link domestic issues to those in south Africa to be particularly useful in our work; we also greatly appreciate the basic information resources you produce; your emphasis on these types of resources speak to the innovative approach your organization has taken in seeking to expand the political base of the anti-apartheid movement in this country; at a time when more Americans than ever need to be familiar with these issues, your resources provide the means of maintaining their interest and of mobilizing them for further action. The letter says we are happy to work with you and look forward to more joint projects in the future; we stand ready to lend you any assistance that we can; again, my thanks to you for the help your organization and staff have extended to the Rainbow, and we hope that you will continue to make your fine contribution to the movement.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the Africa Policy Information Center).
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers