Guide to Anti-Apartheid Movements and Other Organizations Active in Opposition to Apartheid - VII
Notes and Documents
(Background Note No. 29)
by American Committee on Africa, United Nations Department of Political and Security Council Affairs Unit on Apartheid
New York, New York, United States
United Nations Department of Political and Security Council Affairs Unit on Apartheid
The reports says at the request of the Special Committee on Apartheid, the Unite on Apartheid is collecting information for the compilation of a guide to anti-apartheid movements and other organizations actively engaged in campaigns against apartheid. This report contains information on the American Committee on Africa (ACOA). The report consists mostly of the text of a letter from the ACOA. The report says ACOA was organized in 1953 when the struggle for independence from colonial domination was gaining strength in Africa, for the purpose on supporting that struggle. South Africa has always been a primary concern. In started rallying public opinion with the Declaration of Conscience Campaign in 1957, and continued with an Emergency Conference following Sharpeville in 1960 and a 1962 Appeal for Action against Apartheid sponsored by Albert J. Lutuli and Martin Luther King, Jr. The question of economic and other support to the apartheid regime grew in importance. ACOA also supported the call for an international sports boycott and has been particularly active in respect to the Olympics and tennis. ACOA has supported the struggle in Angola. ACOA has also been active in connection with Namibia and Zimbabwe. ACOA issues fact sheets on territories in Southern Africa, and memoranda on specific issues and campaigns as they arise.
Used by permission Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Private collection of Richard Knight