We Are Our Own Liberators
Muda Mangazva (right) and Tapson Mawere outside the courthouse in Dover, Delaware. Mawere was Chief Representative to the United States, Canada and the Caribbean of the Zimbabwe African Nationalist Union (ZANU). Mangazva was ZANU's publicity secretary. The two were arrested in an alleged beer-throwing and pushing incident. Many were involved in the defense of the two including the central Delaware branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). There were a number of demonstrations outside the courthouse at various hearings and the trial. This photo was apparently taken on September 3, the day George Houser attended the trial. Conrad Lynn, a well known civil rights lawyer, handled their defense. Mawere was acquitted. Mangazva was acquitted of on a charge of public intoxication but was founded guilty of three charges: disorderly conduct, offensive touching (non-felonious third degree assault), and resisting arrest. (Source: To: Persons Concerned About the Trial of Tapson Mawere & Synos Mangazva, by George M. Houser, American Committee on Africa, September 11, 1975)
Used by permission of George M. Houser.
Collection: Private collection of George M. Houser