by United Nations
New York, New York, United States
April 4, 1989
5 pages
Type: Press Release
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States, United Nations
Language: English
The press release says the Special Committee against Apartheid this afternoon acted as host for the opening of the Summit Conference on Apartheid for Justice and Peace in southern Africa and heard addresses by six United States religious leaders. The press release says speakers at the meeting focused on the need for political and economic sanctions against South Africa and pledged continued support for the struggle against apartheid; statements were made by the Reverends Wyatt Tee Walker of New York, Charles G. Adams of Detroit, Mary Anne Bellinger of Atlanta, Darrel Rollins of Richmond, J. Alfred Smith, Sr. of Oakland and Hayward E. Wiggins of Houston. The press release says the Conference, organized by the Religious Action Network of the American Committee on Africa, will meet tomorrow and Thursday at the United Nations Church Centre. The press release says to create an atmosphere for meaningful negotiations with the leaders of majority of the South African people, South Africa must lift the state of emergency, withdraw its troops from townships, immediately and unconditionally release Nelson Mandela and all other political prisoners and detainees, lift the ban on all political organizations and opponents of apartheid, and allow the safe return of all political exiles. The press release says Rev. WYATT TEE WALKER, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Summit Conference, who is President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York- based Church Home Development and former Chief of Staff for Rev. Martin Luther King. Jr., spoke on behalf of the Canaan Baptist Church of New York. The press release says Rev. CHARLES G. ADAMS, Senior Pastor of the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, said the situation in South Africa was abhorrent.  The press release says he said religious organizations in Michigan had united to demand State economic sanctions against South Africa so long as it practiced racial restriction and prejudice; the State legislature had passed acts requiring that the State pension system must divest its holdings in corporations with interests in South Africa. The press release says the Detroit Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People had helped to apply pressure on coin dealers to stop the sale of Krugerrands. The press release says speaking in his personal capacity, he emphasized the power of the pulpit to persuade companies to divest, to strengthen the cultural and sports boycott of South Africa, and to promote the legitimate struggle of all people in South Africa and Namibia for independence. The press release discusses Minister of Defence Magnus Malan, NAACP, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Thirty-first Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia, Allen Temple Church, Oakland, California, Bishop Zephaniah Kameeta, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Windhoek, Gethsemane Baptist Church, freedom fighters, the judicial system, the doctrine of "common purpose", the Newberry Chapel A.M.E., Atlanta. Georgia, the Sullivan Principles, the South African Council of Churches (SACC), humanitarian aid, the black majority, the South African minority regime, trading partners, and Chile.