Princeton University, South African Investments and the Black Experience
by William R. Scott, Carl Spight
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
January 1, 1969
This paper, prepared for the Association of Black Collegians and the Committee for Black Awareness, expresses the position of the four Afro-American students representing these groups who participated on the Ad Hoc Committee on Princeton University's Investments during the fall of 1968. The report says that, in April 1868, a group of New Jersey residents learned that Princeton University was supporting and benefiting from the South African economy through its investment of over $100 million in at least 40 U.S. companies with direct holding, affiliates, or subsidiaries in South Africa. A group led by the New Jersey Committee on Southern Africa (an organization of concerned blacks and whites) and the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS, mobilized more than 250 Princetonians on April 19 to protest these University's investments. The group also sent a letter to members of the Princeton University Board of Trustees, and a meeting was arranged of signatories with a delegation of the Board. The student delegation was composed of David Wiley, co-chairman of the N.J. Committee on Southern Africa; William Scott, Committee for Black Awareness and co-chairman of New Jersey Committee on Southern Africa; Homer Ashby, Association of Black Collegians; John Gerhardt, Woodrow Wilson Society; Gerald Hoffman, Students for a Democratic Society; and Mohammed Diop, Pan African Students Association. Contents: I. Background • II. Review and Summary of the Committee's Proceedings • III. The Black Experience vis-à-vis Princeton's Investments in southern Africa
Used by permission of William Scott.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root