ACOA Action News
by American Committee on Africa
with Jennifer Davis
New York, New York, United States
Contents: ACOA Viewpoint • Mandela and Tutu on Church Burnings • African Aid Struggle Continues • An Open Letter to the Senate - Save US Aid to Africa • US Congregations in Action • The newsletter has a photograph of Phelps Stokes Fund President Wilbert LeMelle presenting the Aggrey Medal to ACOA Executive Director Jennifer Davis at an awards luncheon in New York on November 19, 1996. The newsletter includes copies of letters from South Africa's President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Wyatt Tee Walker when the American Committee on Africa sought international solidarity with congregations under attack in the U.S. The newsletter reports in May more than fifty religious leaders representing various denominations participated in a Religious Action Network (RAN) Africa Consultation in New York to review the new agenda and adopt a plan of action. Participants heard addresses on the themes of development and democracy from Reverend Jose Chipenda, General Secretary of the All Africa Conference of Churches, and South Africa's Ambassador to the U.S. Franklin Sonn. The newsletter reports more than 60 congregations held special services on Nigerian Freedom Sunday in October, calling for the restoration of freedom and democracy in Nigeria. In November RAN welcomed Hafsat Abiola, daughter of the jailed Nigerian President, to New York to commemorate the first anniversary of the execution by the military regime of Nigerian democrat and environmentalist Ken Saro Wiwa.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive