Focus / Southern Africa

by National Student Christian Federation
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Undated, early 1966
Publisher: United Campus Christian Fellowship
16 pages
Type: Pamphlet
Coverage outside Africa: United States, Portugal
Language: English
A pamphlet introducing people in the progressive university student movement in the United States to the crisis in southern Africa and the position of the National Student Christian Federation Committee on Southern Africa. (This organization was the predecessor to the University Christian Movement Committee on Southern Africa, which was formed in 1966.) Southern Africa is facing one major crisis after another. In South Africa, the minority group of some four million Caucasians are trying to turn back the clocks of time and progress as they attempt to strengthen their hold over the lives of some 20 million non-Caucasians. The crisis in southern Africa, although not created by the United States, is being prolonged by U.S. economic aid and investments in southern Africa. The white-settler government of Rhodesia (formerly Southern Rhodesia) has unilaterally declared independence from Britain, creating a crisis that demands immediate action by U.S. students. The war in Angola has now entered its fifth year, and it appears that the guerrillas are now fighting with more mobility and seldom engage in combat, and Portugal has no alternative but to maintain large numbers of armed forces in the northern part of Angola. Lists of resources appear in the middle of the report, designed for four tasks: Study, Liaison relationships with other groups and persons concerned about South Africa, Dissemination of information, and Action projects. Resources are organized by books, newspapers and journals, United Nations documents, U.S. university African Studies programs, U.S. organizations, and films. The publication then goes on to more detailed discussion of what needs to be done regarding individual countries and country-specific resources, focusing on South Africa, Rhodesia, Angola, and then Mozambique. [Note on design: A dramatic graphic on the cover features a huge, powerful hand bearing down on the faces of two Africans. The innovative layout of this document places headings at the bottom of pages.]
Used by permission of William Minter and David Wiley, former members of Southern Africa Committee.
Collection: William Minter Southern Africa papers