Contents: RHODESIA TODAY by Aristone M. Chambati • Americans Against Apartheid • SHARPEVILLE – IN MEMORIAM • DENNIS BRUTUS TOURS THE UNITED STATES • THE BANK CAMPAIGN • THE U.S. and SOUTH AFRICA • THE SHORE-LEAVE BATTLE • AMERICAN ECONOMIC INVOLVEMENT: NEW EMPHASIS • South African Notes • NEW "BANTUSTAN" ON SOUTH AFRICA • SPORT APARTHEID "BENDS" – JUST A LITTLE • LEST WE FORGET • The newsletter says observers of Rhodesian agree that the current situation has slipped out of British control and into the hands of a white supremacist group. The newsletter says seven years ago 69 unarmed African men, women and children were shot dead and some 200 more wounded at Sharpeville, South Africa, as they demonstrated peacefully. The newsletter says Dennis Brutus, South African poet, sportsman and "fighter for freedom", has completed a 6 week tour of the United States under the auspices of A.C.O.A., which took him, from Washington, D.C. (where he buttonholed Congressmen and spoke before the House Sub-Committee on Africa) to Washington State, to California, and from Toronto to Tuskegee, Alabama; everywhere he went he was acclaimed as one of the most competent and articulate representatives of the South African Liberation Movement ever to visit this country. The newsletter says the Campaign for withdrawal of funds from Chase Manhattan and First National City Banks, led by the Committee of Conscience against Apartheid ended its major thrust on December 9, 1966 with a large demonstration at the banks' Wall Street headquarters and with a documented withdrawal figure, from both banks, of considerably more than $22 million. The newsletter says more than 240 American companies have investments in South Africa and significant trade there. The newsletter says a new "Bantu Homeland" in Ovamboland, South West Africa, is about to be born, announced Prime Minister Vorster. The newsletter says sport is probably the interest most widely shared among black and white in South Africa; outstanding golfers, cricket players, boxers and other first-rate athletes have long been produced, the nonwhites have been hampered by lack of training facilities and frustrated by the strict color-bar in sport, which has always regulated internal competition as well as the choice of all-white Olympic teams. The newsletter discusses SAN-ROC (South African Non-racial Olympic Committee), the Campaign for the Release of Political Prisoners in Southern Africa, the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa, CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), James Farmer, Morgan Guaranty Trust Company, Chase Manhattan, automobile companies, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Transkei, the UN Committee on South West Africa, The 180 Day Detention Law, State witnesses, political and criminal trials, torture, U.N. member nations, Rhodesian goods, Ian Smith, pass laws, the Native Affairs Department, A. Philip Randolph, the Aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt, the missile-tracker Sword Knot, the Rhodesian parliament, the Land Apportionment Act, Nyasaland, Sir Roy Welensky, the African National Congress (ANC), Garfield Todd, Sir Edgar Whitehead, Preventive Detention Act, the Law and Order Maintenance Act, Unlawful Organizations Act, Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU), the Rhodesian Front, the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU), extremist racial policies, the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) and ACOA.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers