SOUTH AFRICA BANS SPEECH BY AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER
by Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
New York, New York, United States
August 30, 1966
The press release says South Africa has banned recordings of a speech by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Records of Dr. King's address were distributed to 1,200 church and community leaders throughout South Africa in July. The Publications Control Board announced the banning on August 19 and a police spokesman reportedly said the police would not hesitate to prosecute people found in possession of the record. The records were pressed and distributed by the Rev. Dale White, an Anglican priest who is director of the Wilgespruit Christian Fellowship Center near Johannesburg, and Bode Wegerif, an executive in a Johannesburg publishing company. Dr. King's "Address to the Churches" was originally given in St. Louis in October, 1964 at a meeting of the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity. Father White and Mr. Wegerif obtained a tape of the speech from the Right Rev. C. Edward Crowther, Anglican Bishop of Kimberly and Kuruman. The press release includes a statement by Dr. King. It also includes a quote by Bishop Crowther, who is on a speaking tour in New York. The press release also includes quotations form Roman Catholic Archbishop Denis Hurley; Alan Paton; and Fred van Wyk, secretary of the Christian Institute.
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: Robert E. Maurer Papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections