by International Campaign Against Racism in Sport, Pre-Alumni Association of Meharry Medical College
Evanston, Illinois, United States
March 12, 1978
The statement says the Conference on International Sport, Politics, Racism and Apartheid, in its closing session on March 12, 1978 at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, affirmed its support for the people of South Africa in their struggle against racism and apartheid and declared its determination to contribute in whatever way possible to the ongoing struggle until it is brought to a successful conclusion. The statement says the Conference, after a thorough study of various aspects of the problems of politics, racism and apartheid in international sport, expressed its desire to assist the resolution of those problems by working in harmony with the people of South Africa who are fighting to remove those evils from their sport. The statement says the conference expressed its appreciation to the United Nations for its work in taking action against apartheid and in educating the world community on the oppressive nature of the apartheid system and welcomed the adoption by the United Nations in December, 1977 of an International Declaration Against Apartheid in Sport; the Conference urged the United Nations to proceed rapidly to the adoption of a tough and precise Convention Against Apartheid in Sport. The statement says the conference also expressed its gratitude to the agencies of the United Nations and particularly the Special Committee Against Apartheid for the enormous contribution it has made to the international struggle against apartheid, with particular reference to apartheid in sport. The statement says the Conference expressed its appreciation to the co-sponsors of the Conference, ICARIS (the International Campaign Against Racism in Sport) and the Pre-Alumni Association of Meharry Medical College for arranging a successful and constructive occasion. The statement says particular attention was focused al the proposed Davis Cup tennis match between the United States and the racist South African Tennis Association at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on March 17, 18 and 19. The statement says the Conference also paid tribute to all those men, women, and children who have heroically resisted the brutalities of the apartheid system am expressed its solidarity with than; particularly those of the South African liberation movements. The statement says the Conference paid tribute, too, to the non-racial sports administrators of South Africa and particularly the members of the non-racial South African Council of Sport who have courageously represented the true sports aspirations of all Saith African sportsmen and sportswomen. The statement says the Conference undertook through ICARIS and other participating organizations to continue the work against racism in sport and to particularly work relating to the Commonwealth Games to be held in Edmonton, Canada in July, 1978. The statement discusses Chancellor Alexander Heard, President W. E. Hester of the United States Tennis Association, President Jimmy Carter, the Ad Hoc Working Committee for an International Convention Against Apartheid, Robert Sobukwe, the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC), the African National Congress (ANC), the South African Students Organization (SASO), and the South African Students Movement (SASM).
Collection: Private collection of Robert Edgar