Mohandas Gandhi, The Community Church of New York & The American Committee on Africa
by Bruce Southworth
New York, New York, United States
Africa Action Archive Project
Rev. Bruce Southworth is Senior Minister of The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist. The Community Church has a long history of supporting African struggles. In 1952 Rev. Harrington joined George Houser in founding Americans for South African Resistance which became the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) in 1953, initially operating out of an office at The Community Church. For many years, Rev. Harrington served as Chair of the ACOA Executive Board and joined the National Committee in the 1970s. ACOA events held at The Community Church include ACOA's 25th anniversary celebration in 1978; A Tribute to George Houser in 1981; and the unique 1990 National Activist Briefing at which Nelson Mandela, on his first visit to the U.S. after his release from prison, met with activists from 49 cities and 29 states to thank them for their solidarity, outline the tasks that still lay ahead, and introduce key members of his ANC delegation to encourage even closer continuing co-operation. The Community Church was a core member of ACOA's Religious Action Network (RAN), working against apartheid. Rev. Bruce Southworth participated in numerous RAN meetings and delegations including a delegation of religious leaders to South Africa after the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990.
Copyright Bruce Southworth. This article was written for the African Activist Archive Project.