Brown Free Southern Africa Coalition


Duration: Unknown, existed in early 1986 - Unknown, apparently 1986
Location: Providence, Rhode Island, United States


The Brown Free Southern Africa Coalition (BFSAC) was a student anti-apartheid organization at Brown University. The Brown Free Southern Africa Coalition campaigned to get Brown University to divest from companies doing business in apartheid South Africa. On March 19, 1986 14 student protesters arrested yesterday when they staged a sit-in at an International Business Machines (IBM) office building in downtown Providence to protest the company's holdings in South Africa. Starting in late April four members of BFSAC held a water-only fast to protest the university’s investments in companies doing business in South Africa. In April 1986 BFSAC build a shanty on the campus. (Source: SWARTHMORE TO SELL STOCKS LINKED TO SOUTH AFRICA, The New York Times, March 2, 1986; AMY CARTER ARRESTED WITH IBM PROTESTERS, The Boston Globe, March 20, 1986; and BROWN PROTESTERS WANT CHARGES KEPT, The Boston Globe, March 21, 1986.)