Bill Cosby Heads "Unlock Apartheid's Jails" Campaign; COSA Hit with Resigniations by Staff and Directors

by Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
New York, New York, United States
Undated, about January or very early February 1988
1 page
The first of two short articles reports that Bill Cosby is the honorary chair of a new campaign by the American Committee on Africa and The Africa Fund to collect keys and accompanying protest messages from thousands of Americans to present to the South African Embassy. The campaign was launched by the mayors of New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Boston, Washington, Kansas City and Hartford. Leaders or many religious and civil rights groups also have endorsed the campaign. The second article reports on recent resignations from the staff and Board of the Coalition on Southern Africa (COSA), which describes itself as a “group of leading black religious leaders, businessmen and educators ... to provide an independent base of private support for South Africa's majority population and to help foster a democratic, non-racial post-apartheid South Africa.” The resignations came after COSA wrote to the President and the Congress criticizing sanctions and divestment from South Africa. [Note: The article is from The Corporate Examiner (Vol. 16, No. 7).]
Used by permission of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root