Dear Bill: I am sending this letter to all members of the Association of Concerned African Scholars to personally inform you that I have agreed to accept the position of Executive Secretary of ACAS immediately.]

by Allen Isaacman, Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
September 10, 1981
Publisher: Association of Concerned Africa Scholars
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Southern Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Letter to ACAS Board members from Allen Isaacman reporting that he has decided to become Executive Secreaty of ACAS for a one-year trial period, after several long and fruitful discussions with James Turner and Immanuel Wallerstein. If we can collectively dynamize (a Mozambican term) ACAS, I would consider extending my commitment. I have taken several steps which I hope will help revitalize the organization. I have contacted the organizers of the Conference in Solidarity with the Liberation Struggles of the Peoples of Southern Africa (October 9-12) and told them ACAS would like to be a sponsor and will send representatives. Turner and I will attend, and I urge others to do so. I have begun to contact other organizations (ACOA, TransAfrica, Washington Office on Africa) to arrange to meet with them at the Solidarity Conference so we can strengthen ties to progressive organizations and become part of a national network forged to combat Reagan's African policy. With help from Gerry Bender (both an ACAS member and on the Board of the African Studies Association [ASA]), we are trying to get the A.S.A. mailing list so we can send a letter to all members, outlining our accomplishments {and failures) as well as our objectives and urging them to renew or join ACAS. A similar letter will be sent to members of the African Heritage Studies Association (AHSA). Christopher Gidigbi, an intern at the Humphrey Institute, will work with us for the next six months. A conference call is scheduled for September 21. The letter also mentions the Dennis Brutus Defense Fund, a Telephone Tree, a Crisis Resource team, and ACOA (American Committee on Africa).
Used by permission of several co-chairs of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa Papers