American Supporters of the Defiance Campaign
by George M. Houser
New York, New York, United Nations
June 25, 1982
This statement by George Houser at a meeting of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid on June 25, 1982 commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Defiance Campaign Against Unjust Laws. Houser was a founder of Americans for South African Resistance (AFSAR), an ad hoc organization formed in 1952 to support the Defiance Campaign launched by the African National Congress (ANC). The Defiance Campaign ended, and in 1953 AFSAR disbanded and established the American Committee on Africa (ACOA), which was dedicated to supporting struggles against colonialism and apartheid throughout the entire continent. In 1952, Houser, a pioneer in nonviolent direct action in the U.S. against racism, was executive secretary of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). He served as Executive Director of ACOA from 1954-1981. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the African Activist Archive Project. [Note: E.S. Reddy (or ES Reddy) transcribed this statement from a tape recording.]
Used by permission of George M. Houser.