by Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
East Lansing, Michigan, United States
Undated, 1978 or 1979
Brochure of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars (ACAS) describing its history and goals. ACAS aims: 1. To facilitate articulation of scholarly analysis and opinion with national and international policy formulation, especially policy of the U.S. government; 2. To formulate and communicate alternatives to U.S. Africa policies; 3. To develop a network among concerned Africa scholars to (a) mobilize support on current issues, (b) provide local sponsors for public education programs, (c) stimulate research on policy-oriented issues and disseminate findings, and (d) update members on international policy developments; and 4. To coordinate activities with other organizations. Since its inception in 1977, ACAS has focused on opposing U.S. support of an internal settlement in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, supporting maintenance of U.S. sanctions against the Rhodesian government, and opposing U.S. financial and technical support of the South African government through corporate investment and government loans and guarantees. It stimulated research on a range of issues, resulting in publication of, among other materials, the book “U.S. Military Involvement in Southern Africa” (Boston: South End Press, 1978). ACAS is meant to complement other groups working on Southern Africa; it is premised on the idea that scholars have an distinct role to play in research and analysis and communicating to the American public. ACAS operates through five channels: * The Board of Directors * Political Education and Action Committee * Research Committee * Local individuals and organizations which take on specific tasks * General membership meetings and perhaps regional gatherings. Co-Chairs are James F. Turner, Cornell University, and Immanuel Wallerstein, SUNY-Binghamton; Clerk is Robert C. Johnson, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Treasurer is David Wiley, Michigan State University; Chairperson of the Research Committee is Ann Seidman, Brown University; Co-Chairpersons of the Political Education and Action Committee are Willard R. Johnson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Chris Root, Washington Office on Africa. Members of the Board of Directors are Robert J. Cummings, Howard University; Bill Minter, Africa News; Nzongola Ntalaja, Howard University; Diann H. Painter, Wellesley College; Joel Sarnoff, University of Michigan; Tom W. Shick, University of Wisconsin.
Used by permission of several co-chairs of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers