by Dennis Brutus, Robert Baker, International Campaign Against Racism in Sport
Evanston, Illinois, United States
Contents: GOLF • BOXING • The report says that, from November 17 - December 3, ICARIS members and other supporting organizations protested the World Cup and International Trophy Tournament, both at the site of the tournament in Princeville at Hanalei, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, and at other world-wide sites housing the corporate offices of the tournament's sponsors. The focus of the protest is on the invitation by the International Golf Association (IGA) to members of the South African team: Bobby Verwey and Nicky Proce. Among the most prominent of the corporate sponsors of the tournament were Pan-American Airlines and American Express. ICARIS became involved in the move to expel the racist team from the tournament through the efforts of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement, which successfully expelled the tournament from its initial site in Ireland after the IGA refused to sanction the involvement of the South Africans. The tournament was then moved to the island of Kauai with the intent that this would deter further protest. Councilwoman Jo Ann Yukimura introduced a resolution in the Kauai County Council that labeled South Africa's policy of apartheid an insult to the aloha spirit; the resolution passed with one dissenting vote. In New York City, demonstrators from ICARIS, the American Coordination Committee for Equality in Sports and Society (ACCESS), and the Northeast Coalition for the Liberation of Southern Africa struck at the headquarters of Pan-American because of its sponsorship of the World Cup. Pickets were also conducted by the Citizens Association for Racial Equality (CARE) outside the Pan-American headquarter in Auckland Aotearoa, New Zealand. Muhammad Ali's proposed bid to go to South Africa in December, 1978 suffered a knockout blow from anti-apartheid and civil rights groups. Ali was to have been the guest of the Islamic Council of South Africa through an offer extended by Farook Khan of the Post, who was in New Orleans for the last Ali-Spinks fight. Also, South African boxer Kallie Knoetze's bout with American heavyweight Bill Sharkey was staged in Miami. The U.S. State Department originally revoked Knoetze’s visa for his admitted shooting of a black South African youth in both legs while he was a constable in Pretoria. The report mentions Leslie O. Harriman, the United Nations Special Committee Against Apartheid, the National Party, Madison Square Garden, Operation PUSH, the Gleneagles Agreement, the Commonwealth, Ian Lind, the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Dennis Brutus, and John M. Ross.
Collection: Private collection of Robert Edgar